A Brooklyn cop killed in the line of duty nearly four decades ago has been immortalized Saturday on the street where he was fatally shot.
The life and the legacy of NYPD Patrolman David Guttenberg was remembered as 86th St. between Seventh and Battery Aves. in Bay Ridge was renamed in his honor.
“Our hearts are full knowing that he has not been forgotten 39 years after his death,” said Guttenberg’s daughter Amy Guttenberg-Windsor, 51, who was 12-years-old when her father died.
Officer Guttenberg who was killed in Bay Ridge on Dec. 28, 1978 on 86th St.
Guttenberg, 49, was murdered when he walked in on a robbery at an auto body shop on 86th St. on Dec. 28, 1978.
His partner, who was sitting in a nearby patrol car, didn’t know what happened until the owner of the store ran outside screaming.
City Councilman Vincent Gentile (D-Brooklyn) said, “Officer Guttenberg’s tragic killing was a catalyst for new safety efforts.”
“That moment changed our lives and the lives of everyone who knew him forever,” Guttenberg-Windsor said. “But what got us through that difficult time was the outpouring of love and support we received from our family and friends, the Bay Ridge community, the 68th Precinct, and the people of this great city of New York.”
“That love has sustained us for almost 40 years,” she continued. “It is our hope that the co-naming of this corner in my father’s honor will give the people of this community an opportunity to understand the person that he was and to keep his memory alive.”
NYPD Patrolman David Guttenberg, 49, was killed when he walked in on a robbery on 86th St. in 1978.
The gunman and his lookout were convicted of murder.
City Councilman Vincent Gentile (D-Brooklyn), who helped make “Patrolman David Guttenberg Way” a reality, said the loss helped save future generations of cops.
“As sad as it was, Officer Guttenberg’s tragic killing was a catalyst for new safety efforts,” Gentile said.
“His death sparked a widespread effort to promote the protection of police officers in the line of duty with vests worn under the uniform. (His) widow Barbara was instrumental in bringing this issue to the forefront and in the years that followed, she became a fierce advocate for bulletproof vests.”