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Elijah Abram Jr., retired Buffalo Police detective

Nov. 27, 1952 – April 12, 2015

Elijah Abram Jr., a lieutenant and later assistant chief of detectives with the Buffalo Police Department, died April 12 in Powder Springs, Ga. He was 62.

Mr. Abram was born in Niagara Falls and later moved to Buffalo, where he graduated from Seneca Vocational High School.

He joined the Buffalo Police Department as a police cadet assigned to Precinct 10. After a stint in the U.S. Air Force, he returned to the Police Department and worked in several inner-city precincts, including the Tactical Patrol Unit. He also served as assistant radio dispatcher.

Later, Mr. Abram was promoted to lieutenant, serving Precinct 4 and B District. He was also promoted to assistant chief of detectives, where he was assigned to Police Headquarters. He supervised detective personnel and the Cellblock/Central Booking Identification Unit.

Mr. Abrams was a three-time recipient of the Police Benevolent Assocation’s Officer of the Month and the Mayor’s Award. He was also a recipient of the Commissioner’s Award. He retired in 2003.

Mr. Abram was a former president and treasurer of the Afro American Police Association.

His former wife, the former Terry A. Woodward, died in 1995.

Survivors include another former wife, the former Darlene Coplin; two daughters, Astra N. and Carla C.; three sons, Micaiah A., Austin M. and Jabari J.; two brothers, Gregory D. and Maurice W.; a sister, Beverly J.; and one grandchild.

Services will be held at noon Tuesday in Bethel African Methodist Episcopal Church, 1525 Michigan Ave.

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