Patrolman Albert S. Black

Patrolman Albert S. Black

New York City Police Department, New York

End of Watch Thursday, March 1, 1945

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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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I love you Daddy. I know you are happy to be reunited with your beautiful wife, my sweet Mama, Dorothy. I miss you both very much.
I hope you both are able to look down on me and your grandson, Bob, and your granddaughter, Renee, and your great-granddaughter, Madison, and see that we are all well and strong and so very proud of both of you.
You are honored as a hero because you gave your life trying to save another. But you are also a hero because of the life you led for 34 years as a faithful and loving husband, wonderful Daddy to me for the first 22 months of my life, and loving son and brother, as I was repeatedly told by your mother, Elizabeth and all your siblings. And you, Mama, are equally a hero. You were only 30 when Daddy died. There were no police pensions nor large insurance policies nor Social Security benefits. Six weeks after you buried Daddy you returned to your profession and worked constantly to give me a wonderful and secure life. Thank you, Mama.
Please, dear Lord, take care of my parents. I love and miss them very much.

Marilyn Black Dussault, Esq.

March 1, 2019

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