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Ferdinand F. Strozewski, Buffalo police officer; Sept. 29, 1930 -- Dec. 28, 2011

Ferdinand F. "Fred" Strozewski, of Eden, a retired Buffalo police officer and active volunteer, died unexpectedly Wednesday in Lakeshore Hospital. He was 81.

Born in Buffalo, he graduated from East High School in 1948. He served with the U.S. Army 209th AAA Headquarters Battery of the New York National Guard from 1950 to 1952 during the Korean War. After returning to civilian life, he re-enlisted in the 27th Military Police New York National Guard.

Mr. Strozewski worked for the U.S. Postal Service for a time before he joined the Buffalo Police Department in 1960. He retired in 1992 after 32 years of service. He was assigned to Kensington Precinct 16 as a rookie officer, and later transferred to vice, liquor, gambling and narcotics, working narcotics in an undercover capacity.

He won in arbitration for future police officers seniority in the right to bid for jobs in other precincts, and later transferred to Niagara Precinct 10. He was a member of the Police Benevolent Association.

Mr. Strozewski also was a part-time Eden police officer, and a volunteer on the Eden Emergency and Rescue squads. He was a former commander, sergeant-at-arms and historian with Post 880, American Legion, in Eden.

Survivors include two sons, Ferdinand J. and Paul G.; a daughter, Elizabeth A.; his companion, Terry Filbey; and Filbey's children, Christopher, Yvette, Carrie, Holly and Becky.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be offered at 10 a.m. Monday, in Immaculate Conception Catholic Church, 8791 S. Main St., Eden.

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