City of Binghamton, New York

Binghamton Police Fallen Heroes

7 brave City of Binghamton police officers have lost their lives in the line of duty:

Police Officer Lee E. Barta - August 3, 1995

Appointed: January 28, 1991; Died: August 3, 1995

Officer Lee Barta was shot and killed while searching for a work-release absconder. The suspect later committed suicide. Barta, at the age of 29, left two young children and an expectant wife.

Police Officer William F. Holbert, Jr. - July 17, 1972

Appointed: February 27, 1970;    Died: July 17, 1972

Officer William Holbert was shot and killed while handling a family disturbance. The killer was wounded by other officers, was later tried, but was found not guilty by reason of insanity. Holbert, at the age of 26, left a wife and two children.

Police Officer George J. Weslar - February 4, 1939

Appointed: May 2, 1928;   Died: February 4, 1939

Officer George Weslar was shot and killed while investigating a family disturbance call. Weslar was off-duty at the time.  His killer later committed suicide. Weslar, at the age of 48, left a wife and two children.

Police Officer Gerald M. Tracey - December 23, 1928

Appointed: May 10, 1923;   Died: December 23, 1928

Officer Gerald Tracey died as a result of a motorcycle accident. Tracey was in pursuit of a traffic violator at the time. Tracey, at the age of 28, left a young widow.

Police Officer Clarence W. Moran - November 30, 1922

Appointed: March 20, 1922;   Died: November 30, 1922

Officer Clarence Moran was shot in the back and killed while walking his beat. A suspect was arrested, but never convicted. Moran, at the age of 28, left a young widow.

Police Officer William F. McDonald - November 30, 1920

Appointed: November 15, 1915;   Died: November 30, 1920

Officer William McDonald was shot and killed while preparing to question a robbery suspect. The 21-year old killer was later sentenced to life in prison. McDonald, at the age of 35, left a wife and a 1-year-old son.

Police Officer Alex Horvatt - July 29, 1917

Appointed: May 19, 1912;   Died: July 29, 1917

Officer Alex Horvatt, while walking his beat, came into contact with an electrically charged light pole and was electrocuted.  Horvatt, at the age of 29, left a wife and a 1-year-old daughter