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Donald R. Armstrong, retired Buffalo police officer

May 3, 1925 – June 5, 2013

Donald R. Armstrong, a retired Buffalo police officer, died Wednesday under Buffalo General Medical Center hospice care after a short illness. He was 88.

Born in Albertsville, Ont., Mr. Armstrong graduated from Lafayette High School.

He served in the Navy from 1944 to 1946 in the Pacific Theater.

He was awarded the American Theater Medal, Victory Medal and the Asiatic Pacific Medal.

Mr. Armstrong was appointed to the Buffalo Police Department in 1951. A decade later, he became the first African-American patrolman to receive the William J. Conners Medal for Bravery at the Policemen’s Ball in Memorial Auditorium.

Before retiring in 1984, he reached the rank of detective sergeant.

His wife of about 60 years, Dorothy A. Lewis Armstrong, died last year.

Survivors include a son, Larry L., and two daughters, Karen E. Bonadies and Cynthia A. Stewart.

Services will be private.

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