It is with great sadness that we will no longer see NYPD School Crossing Guard Henriette “Peggy” Cain on her post at West 174th Street and Broadway in Washington Heights where she would often be greeted by high-fives from the school kids and even flowers from community members. School Crossing Guard Peggy Cain passed away at the age of 74, after serving the NYPD and the residents of New York City for over 45 years.
An icon in Washington Heights, Peggy was adored by the community and the cops who serve in the 33 and 34 Precincts. Even after she retired, she remained in touch with her NYPD family, so they noticed when she had not been seen for some time.
Much to their dismay, officers from the 33 and 34 Precincts found that Peggy had passed away in April. Unfortunately, there was no next of kin to be notified, no funds for a proper funeral, and the City’s Public Administrator had begun the process of a burial in Potter’s Field. This was not how officers wanted their friend and colleague to be remembered.
Police Officers Desmond Stafford, Kevin Murphy, Andrea Dinella, Danny Guzman, and Giancarlo Alia immediately went to work raising funds so that Peggy could be given a proper funeral. As word of this spread throughout the two precincts and the community, officers and residents gave generously to help their friend. The officers also discovered a burial plot that had been purchased by Peggy’s parents many years ago, but it was in need of repairs.
The generosity of cops and community members led to repairs being made on the burial plot, as well as Washington Heights’ Ortiz Funeral Home donating its services. A wake was held on Thursday, and her funeral was held today. Cops in dress uniform saluted. Together with residents from the community she served so proudly, they paid their respects to a friend, a co-worker, a role model, and a beloved member of the Finest.
NYPD School Crossing Guard Henriette “Peggy” Cain will now rest in peace with her parents in Marlboro, New Jersey.