Lieutenant Martin E. Webb

Lieutenant Martin E. Webb

Baltimore City Police Department, Maryland

End of Watch Tuesday, August 3, 1971

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Martin E. Webb

Lieutenant Martin Webb drowned while attempting to save a man whose car had gone into a river during a rare summer tropical storm that hit the Baltimore area.

Baltimore County police discovered his automobile the following morning near the intersection of Chesaco Avenue and Old Philadelphia Road with all of its doors open. Witnesses reported that they had seen him park and leave his vehicle in a heroic, successful attempt to rescue a woman trapped inside her overturned automobile.

Lieutenant Webb was last seen as he was swept away by the intense floodwaters. His body was recovered on August 3rd, 1971, in Redhouse Creek, approximately one-half mile away from where he had rescued the woman.

It is believed 16 persons died from the flash flooding as a result of the storm.

Lieutenant Webb was a U.S. Navy veteran of WWII and a U.S. Marine Corps veteran of the Korean War. He had served with the Baltimore City Police Department for 17 years. He was survived by his wife and two children.


  • Age 43
  • Tour 17 years
  • Badge Not available
  • Military Veteran

Incident Details

  • Cause Drowned
  • Incident Date Sunday, August 1, 1971

water rescue, weather

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Lt. Webb,
On today, the 50th 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 with the U.S. Armed Forces during WW II and the Korean War. And to your Family and loved ones, I wish to extend my deepest sympathy.


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August 3, 2021

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