One of NYPD's first black commanding officers laid to rest

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One of the NYPD's first black commanding officers was laid to rest on Tuesday.

The service for Albert Dandridge, 96, was held at St. Augustine Presbyterian Church on East 165th Street in the Bronx.

After serving in World War II, Dandridge joined the NYPD in 1946. He rose through the ranks to become the commanding officer of the 48th Precinct detective squad in the Bronx during the height of racial tension and the struggle for civil rights.

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Some in the rank and file consider Dandridge a trailblazer, but for others, he was simply known as a brother, uncle, grandfather, husband and father.

Dandridge leaves behind his wife of more than 60 years, two children, grandchildren and several great and great-great grandchildren.

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