Patrolman Albert James Breisinger

Patrolman Albert James Breisinger

Pleasant Hills Borough Police Department, Pennsylvania

End of Watch Wednesday, September 12, 1979

Albert James Breisinger

Patrolman Albert Breisinger died after attempting to rescue two boys from a sinkhole at Jefferson Memorial Cemetery.

Patrolman Breisinger was the first officer on the scene and discovered the bodies of the two boys inside of the hole. When Patrolman Breisinger went into the shaft to attempt a rescue the oxygen in the sinkhole was depleted to the point it could no longer support human or animal life. Undetectable, rapid unconsciousness occurred in seconds and boys and Patrolman Breisinger didn't have enough oxygen to survive.

Patrolman Breisinger was hospitalized for several days but never regained consciousness. He had been with the agency for 14 months.


  • Age 23
  • Tour 1 year, 2 months
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Exposure to toxins

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Albie: I remember fondly of our visits to your house growing up, always a fun time as your dad always had fun things going on. Here we are this time of year, my oldest daughter Jessi was born two weeks after the good lord called your name. As we get ready to celebrate her birthday, I can't forget your passing. To honor your service n the service of other policemen taken too early from this earth, I proudly display a "Thin Blue Line" license plate on the front of my car. God Bless n rest in piece. Tom Breisinger, cousin.

Tom Breisinger - Cousin

September 1, 2017

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