NEW YORK LINE OF DUTY DEATH~ Police Officer Sherman Abrams

On September 13, 2011 Police Officer Sherman Abrams of the New York City Police Department died in the line of duty.  Officer Abrams passed away following a training run along the East River with his academy class. He collapsed shortly after the run finished.  He was transported to Beth Israel Hospital where he passed away.  Mayor Bloomberg and Police Commissioner Ray Kelly met with the officer’s family at Beth Israel Medical Center on Monday night.  Bloomberg said they offered condolences and thanks on behalf of the city for the officer’s service.

Mayor Michael Bloomberg released a statement about the tragic incident:
“Earlier today, Police Officer Sherman Abrams, who entered the Police Academy this July, collapsed after completing a run with his academy class and passed away shortly afterwards. He was only 28 years old. Sherman made the decision to dedicate his life to protecting New Yorkers, serving as a correction officer for four years until he got the call to join the NYPD. Commissioner Kelly and I met with his mother tonight at Beth Israel Hospital, where we offered our deepest condolences and the thanks of an entire city grateful for his willingness to serve and help keep us all safe. My thoughts and prayers will be with all of Sherman’s family and friends.”

Police Commissioner Ray Kelly also released a statement:
“Sherman’s dedication as a New York City police officer began when he took the oath of office and started his training in the Police Academy. He made a commitment to public service first as a correction officer and then as a police officer with a seriousness few are prepared to make so early in their careers. On behalf of all the members of the New York City Police Department, I extend my deepest condolences to Sherman’s family and friends at this difficult time.”

Officer Abrams had served with the New York City Police Department for two months and had previously served with the New York City Department of Corrections for four years.  Please join with us in sending our condolences to the family and peers of Police Officer Sherman Abrams.

Rest easy, brother. We’ve got it from here.”

Cards and letters can be sent to:
Commissioner Raymond Kelly
New York City Police Department
1 Police Plaza
Room 1320
New York, NY 10038
(646) 610-6700

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One Response to “NEW YORK LINE OF DUTY DEATH~ Police Officer Sherman Abrams”

  1. JoAnna Leung says:

    RIP Officer Sherman “JR” Abrams! From 2nd grade until present – 22+ years of friendship! West 35th and Mermaid, Coney Island – we will never forget you, brother!

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