Patrolman Willie Stephenson

Patrolman Willie Stephenson

New York City Housing Authority Police Department, New York

End of Watch Sunday, July 3, 1966

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Willie Stephenson

Patrolman Willie Stephenson drowned during a rescue attempt at Orchard Beach while off duty.

He observed a female drowning and dove into the water from his boat. Patrolman Stephenson was able to save the drowning woman by handing her to another off-duty officer, but went underwater and did not resurface. His body was located several hours later.

His expectant wife and son survived patrolman Stephenson. His daughter was born 23 days after his death.

Bio

  • Age 25
  • Tour 1 year
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Drowned

off duty, water rescue

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Daddy just thinking about you and checking in. It's all good over here. God is an AWESOME GOD. For you to have left us so early in life, we are doing very well for ourselves and wish you were here to enjoy the fruits of myself and your daughter Renee's labor............LOVE YOU DAD

Will Stephenson Jr.
Son

July 30, 2019

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