The American Hero You Never Heard Of

William Brown’s 20-year career with the NYPD ended in 1968 at the rank of detective, (Photo: NYPD)
William Brown’s 20-year career with the NYPD ended in 1968 at the rank of detective, (Photo: NYPD)

This is a great American hero.

William Brown’s 20-year career with the NYPD ended in 1968 at the rank of detective.

Brown was assigned for most of his career to the 79th precinct in Brooklyn, but he did stints in the 104th Precinct in Queens and the 25th Precinct in Harlem.

He received department honors for rescuing a woman and her child from a burning building in 1960, busting a man with a loaded gun in 1962, and arresting a burglar armed with a knife in 1964.

During World War II he fought with the 369th Infantry Regiment, known as the Harlem Hellfighters.

He passed away this year at the age of 95.

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