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Brookfield's Harald Kukk, Private Investigator, Ex-NYPD Detective, Dies

A private investigator and retired New York Police Department detective of Brookfield has died.
A private investigator and retired New York Police Department detective of Brookfield has died. Photo Credit: NYPD on Twitter

A former New York Police Department detective and private investigator from Brookfield remembered as a "great cop" and "legend" on social media, has died.

Ret. Det. Harald Kukk, NYPD, a husband, and father, died Monday, May 27 at Danbury Hospital. He was 75.

Kukk was born on May 25, 1944, in Parnu, Estonia, son of the late Verner and Fronelly Kukk. He graduated from Stuyvesant High School in New York City. He attended CCNU and was a graduate of Charter Oak State College.

Kukk was a 24-year veteran of the New York City Police Department. He was a member of Tactical Patrol Force, Street Crime Unit, and retired as a Bronx Robbery Detective.

Kukk had over 5,000 felony arrests and was hospitalized 51 times. He was a highly decorated police officer and won the Hirshfeld Award.

Upon retirement, he opened up Intellitech Investigation with his son. He was a private investigator and bodyguard for over 20 years. He investigated murders, sex assaults, and elder abuse.

Kukk's hobbies were weightlifting, reading, computers, science, and math. His greatest weightlifting accomplishment was in bench press where he pressed 635 pounds. Harry was a firm believer in having a strong mind and strong body.

In addition to his wife of nearly 54 years, Paula, he is survived by sons, Christopher Kukk and his wife, Elly, Paul Kukk and his wife, Sherrie, and Erik Kukk and his wife, Michelle; and his six grandchildren, Kora, Katie, Cade, Trinity, Quinn, and Cole.

He is also survived by his two sisters, Florence Cinquemani and her husband, Vinny, and Maimo Passarella; as well as several nieces and nephews.

Funeral Services will be held at the Brookfield Funeral Home, 786 Federal Road, Brookfield, on Saturday, June 8 at 3 p.m.

The family will receive friends prior to the service from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m.

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