Patrolman Albert S. Black

Patrolman Albert S. Black

New York City Police Department, New York

End of Watch Thursday, March 1, 1945

Albert S. Black

Patrolman Black died in a fire while attempting to rescue a woman.

Patrolman Black was on a traffic post near the Queensboro Bridge when at approximately 1825 hours he saw smoke coming from business. Patrolman Black put his overcoat over his heard and rushed into the building to rescue a woman who was trapped inside. When firefighter arrived, they found Patrolman Black and the woman unconscious. Patrolman Black was shielding the woman from the smoke and flames.

Patrolman Black and the woman were taken out of the building and given oxygen, but they both died from their injuries.

Patrolman Black was posthumously awarded the New York City Police Department's Medal of Honor for his actions.

Patrolman Black was assigned to Traffic Precinct F.

Patrolman Black was survived by his wife and 22-month old daughter.


  • Age 34
  • Tour 8 years
  • Badge 745

Incident Details

  • Cause Fire

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73 years ago today you gave your life trying to save another.
I am proud of your courage, unselfish spirit and honorable devotion to your profession.
I believe that had you failed to perform your duty that day, your future would have been filled with anguish.
I pray that you did not know you were dying nor feel sadness at leaving your beloved wife, Dorothy, and your baby girl, Marilyn.
I love you will all my heart, Daddy.
Your daughter, Marilyn Black Dussault, Esq.

Marilyn Black Dussault, Esq.

March 1, 2018

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