Patrolman Carl O. Reese

Patrolman Carl O. Reese

Buffalo Police Department, New York

End of Watch Tuesday, February 1, 1977

Carl O. Reese

Patrolman Carl Reese suffered a fatal heart attack after serving a 25-hour tour of duty during the Blizzard of 1977.

In his attempt to rescue stranded motorists, push cars out of the snow on Route 5, and bring aid to the sick, Officer Reese made two separate one-mile trips, on foot, to bring medication from a hospital to stranded citizens. Despite suffering from chest pains he continued to assist during the severe weather. Hours later he suffered the fatal heart attack.

Patrolman Reese was a U.S. Army veteran. He was survived by his wife and child.


  • Age 38
  • Tour Not available
  • Badge 1317
  • Military Veteran

Incident Details

  • Cause Heart attack

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Patrolman Reese,
On today, the 39th anniversary of your death I would just like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice-not just for your Community but for our Country as well when you served in the U.S. Army. And to your Family and loved ones, I wish to extend my deepest sympathy.


United States Border Patrol

February 2, 2016

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