He worked narcotics in the Bronx, no easy beat. But nothing like the dangers of Afghanistan.
NYPD Officer Deon Taylor was on his second tour there with the National Guard.
The man who once played with G.I. Joes, and defended the other kids from bullies - no match for an IED.
Officer Deon Taylor was killed in action last October.
In a way, though, he's still protecting the streets; he encouraged his brother and four cousins to become police officers too.
We remember Officer Taylor, as our team marks National Police Week.