Killed in the line of duty May 19, 1997
In 1999, GPBA sponsored legislation, passed by city council, renaming the 13th Precinct street (21st St between 2nd and 3rd Ave) “Police Officer Anthony Sanchez Way.”
Gramercy Park Block Association President Arlene Harrison’s Speech about Anthony Sanchez Memorial – Friday, May 19, 2017
Police Officer Anthony Sanchez touched the lives of many people in our Gramercy Park community. He was more than a cop in the neighborhood; he was a part of the neighborhood. He loved police work, relished helping people and made it his personal responsibility to safe guard our community. When it came time to prosecute the killer, we sat in the court room week after week while Kerry O’Connell, brilliant prosecutor from the Manhattan DA’s office, put him in jail for life. He died a few years later from AIDS. Anthony was known for his friendly outgoing personality, his wonderful sense of humor and his ability to develop rapport with residents and business owners. There was no assignment too small, too involved or too dangerous for Anthony Sanchez. A few weeks after Anthony’s death, our neighbors came together to honor him in an outdoor memorial concert attended by 3,000 people, many of whom had gotten to know Anthony personally through his service to our community. In April 1999, in partnership with the 13th Precinct we sponsored City Council legislation, renaming this 13th Precinct Street, “Police Officer Anthony Sanchez Way.” It was our hope that one day young John Sanchez, who was 7 at the time, would bring his friends and family here and show them the street sign, and explain his dad was not only a hero to his family and friends, but was loved and honored by his fellow officers, and the community he served. Twenty years ago today, Anthony answered his final call. Taken from us too soon, Anthony left this world devastating those he left behind. He will always be missed, and our Gramercy Park community, working with his partner Roy Ruland, Anthony’s family and the 13th Precinct, will make sure he will never be forgotten.