Police Officer Michael J. Buczek became a New York City Police Officer in July of 1985 and
was one the most active officers in the history of the Department. In less than three years
Officer Buczek made over 200 arrests and recovered dozens of loaded firearms and large
quantities of narcotics all while being assigned to uniform patrol within the confines of 34th
Precinct in the Washington Heights section of New York City. Within this time period he was
awarded in excess of 40 Department Recognitions. On October 18, 1988 Officer Buczek
interrupted a narcotics ripoff which resulted in a fierce gun battle in which ultimately cost
him his life. Police Officer Michael Buczek was posthumously awarded the Medal of Honor
during the 1989 New York City Police Department Medal Day Ceremony.
Michael Buczeks parents, Josephine and Ted
Buczek with 1989 Patrolmen's Benevolent
Association President Phil Caruso in the center.