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

Add to My Heroes

Vivian A. Samuels-Benjamin

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

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

Most Recent Reflection

View all 203 Reflections

Agent Samuels-Benjamin, it's now been 16 years since you made the ultimate sacrifice. You have not, nor will be forgotten. Thank you for your service.

God Bless, Sister and may your eternal rest remain forever peaceful.

Ptl. Jim Leahy, Jr.
Harvard University Police Department

December 16, 2021

Want even more control of your Reflection? Create a free ODMP account now for these benefits:

  • Quick access to your heroes
  • Reflections published quicker
  • Save a Reflection signature
  • View, edit or delete any Reflection you've left in the past

Create an account for more options, or use this form to leave a Reflection now.