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Duncan, White Plains Officer, Hero, Dies at 64

WHITE PLAINS, N.Y. - Robert "Bob" E. Duncan of White Plains died Feb. 11 at the age of 64.

Born in Bronx, N.Y., Duncan grew up in White Plains where he attended White Plains High School, remaining a Tigers fan throughout the rest of his life. He graduated from Hiram Scott College in Nebraska and returned to Westchester.

Duncan was a retired Westchester County Parkway Police and Department of Public Safety officer. While with the parkway police, he was awarded with the Macy Award for Lifesaving and Bravery as well as the Medal of Honor for saving the lives of two men trapped in the Bronx River.

He was also a former member of the Westchester Firefighters Pipes and Drums and a long-standing member of the Westchester Street Road Association. Duncan's family enjoyed membership to the Echo Bay Yacht Club and hold fond memories of summers spent there. Among his favorite things were "hot rods, palm trees, Tiger football and a good cigar," his family said.

Surviving are his children Heather (Thomas) Mastrogiovanni of Albany, N.Y., Byron and Kelly Duncan of White Plains and his companion Paulette "Letty" Benefiel of the Bronx. He was predeceased by his parents John A. and Patricia Duncan.

A memorial service will be held from 6 to 9 p.m. on Thursday at McMahon, Lyon & Hartnett Funeral Home in White Plains.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to ARC of Westchester Foundation, 265 Saw Mill Rover Rd., Hawthorne, NY 10532 or the American Diabetes Association, Step Out Walk to Stop Diabetes, 110 Corporate Park Drive, Suite 104, White Plains, NY 10604.

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