A ‘timeless’ tribute: Bay Ridge street co-named for slain cop Arthur Loewe a century later

A Bay Ridge street was co-named Sunday in honor of Patrolman Arthur Loewe, a hero cop who was slain by thieves a century in the past.

Loewe was killed within the line of obligation on July 22, 1922 after he approached 4 armed males committing a housebreaking close to twenty first Street and Seventh Avenue. Just 26 years outdated on the time, the five-year New York City Police Department veteran was shot 4 instances whereas on a one-man patrol in what’s now the 72nd Precinct.

One of the suspects was shot by Loewe within the gunfire and died the subsequent day, in accordance with the Officer Down Memorial Page. A second suspect was arrested not lengthy after the shootout.

Loewe — who was survived by his spouse and 10 siblings — additionally beforehand served in World War I. He was posthumously awarded the New York City Police Department Medal of Honor.

Patrolman Arthur Loewe was killed within the line of obligation on July 22, 1922.Photo by Arthur de Gaeta

Now, the nook of 74th Street and Fourth Avenue bears his identify. Since his demise, generations of Loewe’s household have lived on the block.

“They say a hero dies twice: once with their death and twice if their name is forgotten,” mentioned Bay Ridge Councilmember Justin Brannan. “Patrolman Arthur Loewe was a hero and around here we don’t forget heroes, not even 100 years later. I was proud to help get this street dedicated in his honor.”

Community Board 10 District Manager Josephine Beckmann referred to as the renaming a “touching tribute” to Loewe’s life and legacy.

“I thought it was a touching tribute to the life of someone that, really, no one in Community Board 10 knew of when we were presented with the co-naming application,” she mentioned, “but we were all instantly touched by his story and his service. It was so touching to learn of a young officer who lost his life protecting our city — it’s timeless, really.”

The household of Patrolman Arthur Loewe with Councilmember Justin Brannan and NYPD brass.Photo by Arthur de Gaeta

Beckmann mentioned the brand new blue street signal will function a reminder of Loewe’s dedication to his group, and of the significance of first responders and their service.

“It’s a great tribute to his legacy,” she mentioned.

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