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The Ultimate Sacrifice 

Patrolman James A. Mynderse

Shield #21

Born: 1857
Appointed: 1893
End of Watch: March 31, 1900

In the late 1800s, the train traffic that flowed through Schenectady crossed State Street exactly where it does today -- between Broadway and Erie Boulevard, then the Erie Canal. On March 31, 1900, Patrolman Mynderse was stationed at a walking post near the crossing. An Albany woman shopping in the downtown area was walking across the multi-track street level train crossing when two trains approached from opposite directions. The woman stopped in the middle of the tracks, paralyzed with fear. Ptl. Mynderse ran from his post, pushing the woman to safety just before a train would have struck her. Ptl Mynderse narrowly avoided being struck by the train himself; however, he stepped backwards too far into the second set of tracks, and directly into the path of the other oncoming train.

William Campbell, the Chief of Police, was quoted as saying of Ptl. Mynderse, "Fearless in the performance of his duties, he never thought of danger." Shocked and horrified by the tragic death of Ptl. Mynderse, the citizens, newspapers and Common Council demanded that the railroad elevate its train tracks in the city. Ptl. Mynderse was posthumously honored with the naming of a new city street after him. Mynderse Street was located off State Street in a new section of the city that was expanding eastward from downtown.''

Captain Albert L. Youmans

Shield #21

Born: 1877
Appointed: 1902
End of Watch: November 28, 1924

Captain Albert Youmans and Patrolman John Flynn were shot and killed after being ambushed by a gunman hidden behind a factory wall at 2200 hours.

Despite being wounded by the shotgun blast himself, Patrolman Flynn carried the mortally wounded Captain Youmans to a call box one block away. Captain Youmans was transported to a local hospital where he succumbed to his wounds several hours later. Patrolman Flynn recovered slightly from his wounds and was able to return to light police duty before taking a turn for the worse and succumbing to his wounds ten years later.

The prime suspect was later shot and killed in a shootout with Patrolman Frank Quinlivan on September 15, 1925. Patrolman Quinlivan was also killed in the shootout.

Prior to killing Patrolman Quinlivan, the suspect was also the prime suspect in the murder of Sergeant Thomas Oates, of the Troy Police Department.

Captain Youmans had served with the agency for 22 years.

Frank A. Quinlivan

Shield #86

Born: 1877
Appointed: 1902
End of Watch: November 28, 1924

On the morning of September 15, 1925, Patrolman Quinlivan was investigating the sighting of four gunmen who has committed an armed robbery of the Marwell House nightclub in South Schenectady. The investigation led him to the Colonie Inn on Albany Road where the officer interrupted the bandits as they were dividing their loot at a back table. The four had been on a robbery spree, hitting nightclubs and hijacking liquor shipments. Ptl. Quinlivan was mortally wounded by one of the four bandits who fired at him from a gun concealed under the table. The dying officer was able to shoot and kill the robber. The dead man was a well-known gangster and gunman who was the prime suspect in the murder of Captain Youmans and the fatal wounding of Ptl. Flynn, as well as a suspect in the murder of Sergeant Thomas P. Oates of the Troy, NY, Police Department.

John R. Flynn

Shield # 71

Born: 1898
Appointed: 1922
End of Watch: August 28, 1934

Patrolman John Flynn succumbed to gunshot wounds received ten years earlier when he and his Captain were ambushed by a gunman hidden behind a factory wall at 2200 hours. Despite being wounded by the shotgun blast himself, Patrolman Flynn carried the mortally wounded Captain Albert Youmans to a call box one block away. Captain Youmans was transported to a local hospital where succumbed to his wounds several hours later. Patrolman Flynn recovered slightly from his wounds and was able to return to light police duty before taking a turn for the worse.

The prime suspect was later shot and killed in a shootout with Patrolman Frank Quinlivan on September 15, 1925. Patrolman Quinlivan was also killed in the shootout.

Prior to killing Patrolman Quinlivan, the suspect was also the prime suspect in the murder of Sergeant Thomas Oates, of the Troy Police Department.

Patrolman Flynn had been with the agency for 12 years and was survived by his mother, two sisters, two brothers, and stepbrother.

John C. Sherman

Shield # 118

Born: 1896
Appointed: 1924
End of Watch: August 22, 1941

Patrolman John Sherman was killed in an automobile accident while responding to a call for a house fire. During the response the wheels of Patrolman Sherman's patrol car got stuck in trolley rails and caused the vehicle to turn over.

Patrolman Sherman had been with the agency for 17 years.

William J. Hickey

Shield # 78

Born: 1925
Appointed: 1948
End of Watch: June 17, 1949

Patrolman Hickey was a motorcycle officer assigned to downtown Schenectady. On June 17, 1949, Ptl. Hickey was on routine patrol crossing the intersection of Union and Barrett Streets. A visitor to Schenectady did not notice the red traffic light, hitting the motorcycle and dragging Ptl. Hickey into the curb and up onto the sidewalk. Only 24 years old, Ptl. Hickey had been described as one of the most promising young officers in the department.

John J. Cummings

Born: 1902
Appointed: April 10, 1925
End of Watch: May 18, 1953

At approximately 3:00 a.m. on May 18, 1953, a young soldier home on leave from the Army stole a car from a dealership on Nott Terrace. The theft had been detected, and the stolen vehicle was spotted and pursued. Lieutenant Cummings was riding in a vehicle driven by Patrolman Cliff Wood, Sr., when he was stricken with a heart attack. Lt. Cummings was immediately brought to the nearest medical facility -- St. Clares Hospital Emergency Room, which had not yet officially opened to the public. Doctors there worked on the Lieutenant, was pronounced dead at 5:30 a.m., shortly after arriving at the hospital.

William A. Koenige

Shield # 109

Born: 1943
Appointed: 1969
End of Watch: February 12, 1979

Patrolman William Koenige was shot and killed while responding to a report of domestic disturbance involving weapons at 2333 hours. A man had gone to his ex-girlfriend's home armed with a .30 caliber carbine, a .357 caliber handgun, and a 9 mm handgun. After the man got to the woman's house he found that she was not there and fired six rounds through the door. Patrolman Koenige and another officer were dispatched to the scene, but Patrolman Koenige was the first to arrive. As he climbed the stairs to the third floor apartment the man shot him at point-blank range.

The suspect then committed suicide.

Patrolman Koenige was only 27 minutes from ending his shift for the night.

Patrolman Koenige had served with the Schenectady Police Department for ten years. He was survived by his two daughters.

Eric J. Verteramo

Shield # 91

Born: 1973
Appointed: 1998
End of Watch: April 11, 2004

During the early evening hours of April 11, 2004, Officer Verteramo responded from Bellvue to a motorcycle - pedestrian accident at State and Furman Streets. While northbound on Broadway, about 500 feet north of Lower Broadway, Officer Verteramo failed to negotiate a curve and struck a utility pole across from 824 Broadway. Schenectady Police and Fire Communications received several calls about the crash, and dispatched police and rescue personnel to the scene. Officer Veteramo was extricated from the vehicle by Schenectady Fire Department personnel and rushed to Ellis Hospital with head and upper-body trauma. A short time later, Officer Verteramo was airlifted by Med Flight to Albany Medical Center for further treatment. Later that evening, Officer Verteramo died from his injuries.

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