As you remember these fallen officers, take comfort in recalling that they dedicated their lives to the same principles of honor, duty and courage that brought you to the badge. Such a life is truly rich. Take strength in knowing that when an officer falls, our resolve to serve those in need is not diminished. Our dedication to protecting those in danger is not weakened. Our commitment to remembering those with whom we shared the badge does not fade.
Godspeed, brothers and sisters. You fought the good fight. Now rest in peace…
Officer Down: Vivian Samuels - [New York, New York]
Additional Info: Agent Vivian Samuels had been with the New York Police Department for 24 years. She leaves behind two sons.
Cause of Death: Agent Samuels suffered a fatal heart attack after being assaulted by a student.
Date of Incident: December 16, 2005
By David Andreatta and Perry Chiaramonte, The New York Post
N.Y. -- Vivian Samuels became ill when she stepped outside the school, MS 390, after being hit in the head by a student whom she had tried to remove from the dance, cops said. Samuels, a 14-year veteran safety officer, died in an ambulance en route to Kings County Hospital at about 6 p.m.
Blocks around the hospital were cordoned off last night as Police Commissioner Ray Kelly paid his respects to Samuel's family and the NYPD mourned another loss following the recent murders of two hero cops.
Police said an official at the school had asked Samuels to remove the 12-year-old student from the dance because she was being unruly. A union source told The Post the girl was in the middle of a fight with another girl.