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Herbert Schmidt, 92, police officer, WWII vet May 27, 1919 -- Aug. 10, 2011

Herbert Schmidt, a World War II veteran and Buffalo police officer, died Wednesday in his Kenmore home after a brief illness. He was 92.

Born in Berlin, Germany, Mr. Schmidt was a graduate of Hutchinson-Central High School where he was an All-High swimmer. Mr Schmidt served in the Army Air Forces from 1942 to 1945 and was stationed in Dothan, Ala., the site of a German POW camp, where he worked with the military police as a German interpreter and earned the rank of corporal.

Mr. Schmidt joined the Buffalo Police Department in 1952 and was a beat patrolman for 28 years in the Broadway-Fillmore area. He was considered a neighborhood "landmark" by residents and revered by shopkeepers and business owners as "an important part of the district." He retired in 1980.

Mr. Schmidt was a longtime member of Kensington Evangelical Lutheran Church in Buffalo.

He also was a member of the National Rifle Association.

His wife of 62 years, the former Florence Reiller, died in 2007.

Survivors include two sons, Herbert Jr. and William; a daughter, JoAnne Maragliano; and a sister, Hildegard Heidt.

Services are private.

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