- World War II veteran William Brown, who was also a former detective for the NYPD, died alone in late May, with no immediate family to take care of his remains
- Officers from the 113th precinct of NYPD decided to honor him by sponsoring Brown’s funeral last Thursday in New York City
- Hundreds of past and present NYPD officers and even firefighters showed up at the funeral for Brown
NEW YORK, USA – A World War II veteran without any family received the best send-off possible after hundreds of officers showed up to attend his funeral.
Kimberly Yam mentioned in her article for The Huffington Post that World War II veteran William Brown, who was also a former detective for the NYPD, died alone in late May, with no immediate family to take care of his remains.
As the 95-year-old veteran, a member of 369th Infantry Regiment known as the Harlem Hellfighters didn’t have any close friends or family, the officers from the 113th precinct of NYPD decided to honor him by sponsoring Brown’s funeral last Thursday in New York City.
“Once you’re NYPD, we’ll never forget you,” Detective Doreen Ferguson said.
Officers of the 113th precinct first met Brown late last year when a concerned neighbor called in after not seeing the veteran for a few days. The neighbor asked the cops to check on Brown, and so officers from 113th precinct came in to check.
When police arrived at the apartment, Brown was nowhere to be seen and was later found to be admitted to a hospital and receiving treatment for hypothermia. Officers investigated about Brown and found out that the veteran had been a member of the force decades ago.
From that day, a relationship formed between the precinct’s officers and Brown.
“His personal life wasn’t really in order. They helped him with his benefits and got him properly registered with the VA. They helped him get to doctor’s appointments,” Deputy Inspector Frederick Grover was quoted by Graham Rayman in his article for New York Daily News.
Detective Tanya Duhaney, the officer who visited Brown almost every Sunday, said she was worried that day when she couldn’t contact him.
“I said let me call — couldn’t reach him Sunday, couldn’t reach him Monday. On my birthday actually, May 17, I asked my partner to go visit him, and Detective Ferguson found him,” Duhaney said as quoted in an article by CBS News.
“I cried, I definitely cried. It actually laid on my heart,” Duhaney added.
Hundreds of past and present NYPD officers and even firefighters showed up at the funeral for Brown. Before putting Brown on his final resting place, all the officers gave the man one final salute.