Police Ensure WWII Veteran Receives Proper Burial
When Wilbur Hoffman died on January 22nd, the officers from NYPD’s 104th Precint made sure that he received a burial that the World War II veteran deserved. Hoffman became part of the precinct’s unofficial family last year when he sought their help after his home was burglarized twice.
Hoffman was a veteran with the Navy and served during WWII, from 1942 to 1946. During his service, Hoffman served on several ships in across Pacific Ocean and earned several medals.
Officers gathered at the George Werst Funeral Home to give Hoffman a proper send-off which was made possible by the precinct, funeral home, All Faiths Cemetery and the Queens County American Legion.
Last year, the 104th Precint began an initiative to make Hoffman feel safe in his residence. Following the burglaries, they fitted his home with new door locks, window locks, cameras and a panic alarm. An officer was posted at his home overnight and Crime Prevention officers visited on a weekly basis.
Officers visited Hoffman for lunch or dinner during every holiday in 2015 and even brought him a turkey for Thanksgiving.
On behalf of Law Officer, we thank the 104th Precint for showing all of us what it means to take care of those you are sworn to protect. May all of us model the men and women of NYPD’s 104th Precint.