About the Buffalo Police Department:
According to Police Officer, Cindy Diem and Lieutenant Michael Kaska of the
Buffalo Police Department, “On April 20th 1832, the village of Buffalo was abolished and the City of Buffalo was incorporated.
From its inception the City of Buffalo has been the second largest city in the State of New York The opening of the Erie Canal
in 1825 provided a way of hauling goods from the Atlantic Ocean to the Great Lakes for transportation westward, thus making
the City of Buffalo a gateway to the west.
A demand for additional police protection became progressively more evident
as Buffalo continued to grow. The citizens of the City of Buffalo became increasingly alarmed by the rowdy activities occurring
each night in what was then known as the "Canal District". Mayor Johnson submitted a proposal to the Common Council on March
16th 1834, which described the urgent nee to establish a city watch. Finally
on September 19th 1834, the Common Council passed a resolution that enabled the Mayor of the City of Buffalo to appoint Watchmen.”
Alfred F. McDonald, a former Buffalo,
New York Police Department Lieutenant, was born and raised in Buffalo, New York. He
served his country in the United States Navy during World War II from 1944 – 1947, was placed on inactive reserves and
was called back to duty during the Korean Conflict in 1950. He served in the
Navy again from late in 1950 through 1952. After being honorably discharged from
the Navy, Al returned to civilian life as a husband and father. Having been brought
up with strong family values and work ethic, Al worked hard at the railroad as a brakeman, until becoming a police officer
in 1956. From there, Al’s career flourished and he advanced until reaching
his retirement rank of Lieutenant.
After retiring, Al wrote a book about
his service in the Korean Conflict, taking on the pen name of Alfred Smith McDonald.
The middle name of Smith was in honor of his mother’s maiden name. Alfred
McDonald is the author of Korea ‘Operation
According to the book description,
Korea – Operation War Dance is
“one man’s personal account of shipboard life of the men on the U.S.S. Silverstein. It’s about being under attack, living conditions on the ship, every aspect of a sailor’s life
during the time period; and, is a tribute to the brave men and women who served their country during the Korean Conflict.”