Officer Robert Fleet

Officer Robert Fleet

Metropolitan Police Department, District of Columbia

End of Watch Thursday, August 20, 1874

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Robert Fleet

Officer Robert Fleet suffered a fatal heart attack near the intersection of Q Street and 15th Street after running to a police call box to report a fire at approximately 1:20 am.

He was walking his beat when he observed a building on fire. He immediately ran to the nearest call box and reported the alarm, then collapsed. Several citizens located his body at the base of the call box and called for help.

Officer Fleet had served with the Metropolitan Police Department for just under five years and is believed to be the second African American officer hired by the department. He was a member of the Social Lodge of Mason No. 1. He was survived by his wife and two children.


  • Age 32
  • Tour 4 years, 10 months
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Heart attack


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As the second African American to be hired you certainly paved the way for the numerous other amazing African American men and women who would go onto join the ranks of the Metropolitan Police Department and work in such a noble and admirable profession. Thank you for your service and please know that no passage of time will ever erase your heroism and sacrifice.

Detective Cpl/3 Steven Rizzo
Delaware State Police (Retired)

August 20, 2020

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