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.

Patrolman Stephenson had served with the New York City Housing Authority Police Department for one year. He was survived by his expectant wife and son. His daughter was born 23 days after his death.


  • Age 25
  • Tour 1 year
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Drowned

off duty, water rescue

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Hey Daddy it's 9/11/2023. You were heavenly sleeping when this nation had one of it's worst attacks. Just letting you know you are still remembered too.

Will Stephenson Jr.

September 11, 2023

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