In the Friedman Friday series, we are publishing excerpts from Ralph Friedman’s book: Street Warrior: The True Story of the NYPD’s Most Decorated Detective and the Era That Created Him. Thank you Mr. Friedman for granting us permission to share your story.

The radio run that would change our lives came over the portable: “A signal 10-31, 992 Fox Street, top floor. Units to respond?”

A 10-31 was the code designation for a burglary in progress, a job that obviously required immediate attention. We were a few blocks away from the location. I nodded to Kal and keyed the radio. “Four-One Anti-Crime in plainclothes will take that, Central.”

“Anything further, Central?” I asked. The dispatcher came back:

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