School Safety Agent Vivian A. Samuels-Benjamin

School Safety Agent Vivian A. Samuels-Benjamin

New York City Police Department - Division of School Safety, New York

End of Watch Friday, December 16, 2005

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Vivian A. Samuels-Benjamin

School Safety Agent Vivian Samuels-Benjamin suffered a fatal heart attack after being assaulted by a student at Middle School 390 in the Bronx.

She was assigned to a school holiday dance at the school in Crown Heights, Brooklyn. As the students were entering, a 12 year old suspect began to cause a disturbance. Agent Samuels-Benjamin approached the suspect to escort her from the building when the suspect struck Agent Samuels twice in the head, knocking her to the ground. Two other School Safety Agents rushed to assist Agent Samuels and were able to take the suspect into custody.

After the incident, Agent Samuels-Benjamin got up off the ground, but collapsed just minutes later. She was taken to Kings County Hospital where she died. The girl who assaulted Agent Samuels-Benjamin was charged with harassment and resisting arrest.

Agent Samuels-Benjamin had served with the New York City Police Department - Division of School Safety for 24 years. She is survived by two sons.


  • Age 56
  • Tour 24 years
  • Badge 3115

Incident Details

  • Cause Heart attack

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Very kind,loving person my memories I wotked with her for 10yrs at Ms Samuel's would share a lot of stories of experiences with school safety. I'm glad I had the opportunity to work with my co worker.was true blessing.RIP Samuels

Melinda Trescott
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July 10, 2019

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