(Panama)  The HAPCOA Panama Chapter remembers fallen New York Police Department (NYPD) Officer James Whittington, Jr., who was born in Panama, and who was slain 35 years ago on October 30, 1982.

Officer Whittington is the cousin of HAPCOA Panama member David Wattley, who is also a retired Assistant Special Agent in Charge with the FBI.  The Panama Chapter also has as one of its members retired NYPD Detective Alexander York Gonzalez.

Officer Whittington, of the 73rd Precinct, was off-duty getting a haircut when he was warned that a man with a gun was harassing a woman outside.  During a struggle, the shooter grabbed the officer’s gun and fired it, killing the 42 year-old father of two.

HAPCOA honors the memory of Officer Whittington and keeps his family in its prayers.

We will never forget.