73rd Precinct ceremony honors fallen officer

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A ceremony at the NYPD's 73rd Precinct Monday afternoon honored a fallen officer who sacrificed his life to save another.

James Whittington was fatally shot 35 years ago. He was off duty at a barbershop and rushed to help when he heard a woman nearby was in trouble. That's when police said a man shot him.

Decades later, the precinct where Whittington spent his career remembered and honored his life.

"It's a warm feeling to know that his memory lives on and his sacrifice will never be forgotten," says Whittington's daughter Nicole Demby, who was 7 years old when he died.

It's been so long since Whittington's death that many officers at the ceremony never met him. But his name is well-known at the precinct for being the epitome of bravery, sacrifice and selflessness.

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