Hero Down: NYPD Officer Kevin Preiss Found Dead Of Self-Inflicted Gunshot

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New York Police Officer Kevin Preiss was just three days away from his 25th anniversary with the department.

Oyster Bay, NY – New York Police Officer Kevin Preiss died by suicide at his home on June 26.

Officer Preiss, 53, was on the porch of his Hicksville residence when he fatally shot himself in the head at approximately 10 p.m., neighbors told the New York Daily News.

A family gathering was being held inside the home at the time.

He was just three days away from his 25th year as a New York Police Department (NYPD) officer.

“He was going to retire next year…And he was always talking about all of the things he was looking forward to doing when he retired,” a civilian NYPD employee told the New York Post. “I can’t make sense of it.”

Officer Preiss and his partner, Officer Roland Benson, made headlines in 2015 when they saved a heart attack victim at a Dunkin’ Donuts shop by performing CPR, the New York Daily News reported.

“I’ve always enjoyed the part [of the job] where you actually help someone in need," Officer Preiss said at the time. "We do a lot of what you call lift jobs where we help old people that fall out of bed — that’s the kind of thing that I enjoy.”

In February, he and Officer Benson successfully helped a woman give birth in the hallway off her Broadway apartment building at approximately 2 a.m., The Riverdale Press reported.

“He was a hero,” one of his fellow officers told the New York Daily News. “He saved babies and everything.”

Officer Preiss spent nearly his entire career patrolling the 50th Precinct in the Bronx.

“He was a good guy. Just a really nice guy,” one of his fellow officers told the New York Post. “It’s so sad.”

Officer Preiss’ death was the fourth incidence of NYPD suicide in the month of June. A total of six NYPD officers have taken their own lives since January.

“It’s something…everyone needs to talk about,” NYPD Chief of Department Terence Monahan said. “We have to be willing to talk, and more important we have to be able to listen.”

Officer Preiss leaves behind his wife, Juana, as well as his children, Veronica, Thomas, and Nicholas, according to his obituary.

He is also survived by his parents, siblings, and many extended family members.

Officer Preiss was laid to rest on Monday.

Our thoughts and prayers are with the family of New York Police Officer Kevin Preiss, both blood and blue. Thank you for your service.

Rest easy, hero. We’ll hold the line from here.

Comments (6)

RIP Officer. Prayers to your family and friends. 😢🙏

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Snakeman 51
Snakeman 51

RIP, Brother.


Blessed are the PEACEMAKERS for they shall be called SON'S of GOD. Matthew 5:9


So much talk about a crisis at the borders.........what about the crisis within the ranks of the thousands of police/sheriff/state patrols Depts? The day to day hideous things these men and women see is never talked about. Oh, it is when someone is killed because they were shooting at police, others, etc. God help these LEO's, they deserve so much more respect than they are receiving. They don't talk about what they are involved in, see, feel, smell every day. They don't want their families to hear about it because they will worry. This country needs to support their officers, not degrade them to the point where they take their own lives....the horrors and dreams are often too much, and when they wake up, they do it all over again.


Well said...evil is trumping the peacemakers....for now...but the day is coming when all evil will be thrown down the abyss never to raise their evilness again


I hope a program is developed for these officers that allows them to speak to someone to talk them out of these suicides when they need help...

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