Lieutenant Martin Webb

Lieutenant Martin Webb

Baltimore City Police Department, Maryland

End of Watch Tuesday, August 3, 1971

Martin Webb

Lieutenant Martin Webb drowned while attempting to save a man whose car had gone into the river.

During a rare summer storm of tropical intensity that his the northern and northeastern sections of Baltimore City and County it is believed 16 persons died from the flash flooding that resulted.

Baltimore County Police discovered his automobile the following morning, with all of the vehicle’s doors open, but no trace was found of Lieutenant Webb. Later, witnesses reported that they had seen the Lieutenant 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 intensity of the floodwaters that surrounded him. His body was recovered on Tuesday, August 3rd, in Kahler’s Run, approximately one half mile away from where he had rescued the woman, after two days of Lieutenant Donald Sutton having twelve off-duty Southern District Patrolmen attempt to locate him.

Lieutenant Webb had served with the agency for 17 years, first as part of the laboratory division, then with traffic. He was survived by his wife and two children.


  • Age Not available
  • Tour 17 years
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

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

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To Lt. Martin Webb,

Your selflessness and courage was exemplified that day Tuesday, Aug, 3, 1971 as you risked your life to save another human being. May you always rest in peace and you are not forgotten!

J. Gantner
Grandson, Son, Brother of NJ LEO's & NJSP

February 26, 2016

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