Robert H. Holmes

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Robert Henry Holmes (July 25, 1888 – August 6, 1917) was the first NYPD African-American officer to die in the line of duty.[1]

Born in Charleston, South Carolina, Holmes was appointed as an NYPD police officer on August 25, 1913. He was assigned to the 38th precinct in Harlem. Officer Holmes was shot to death while chasing and exchanging gunfire with a burglar.[2]


  1. ^ "A History of African Americans in the NYPD". The New York City Police Museum. Archived from the original on February 18, 2006. Retrieved November 4, 2014. 
  2. ^ *Robert Holmes profile,; accessed November 4, 2014.

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  • Profile,; accessed November 4, 2014.