Hundreds honor retired NYPD detective who died alone

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It was a sea of police officers and a standing-room only crowd at a funeral service for NYPD Detective William Brown Thursday.

With no next of kin, Brown died alone in his Queens apartment. But his family in blue made sure he had the proper send off he so deserved.

The 95-year-old, who retired from the force 48 years ago, was a World War II veteran.

Officers from the 113 Precinct had befriended Brown over the winter, after being called to his home because his apartment had no heat.

Officers continued to care for him, and even escorted him to doctor appointments, and ultimately arranged his services and funeral.

The department wrote about Brown's send-off on Facebook, saying "that even though Mr. Brown passed away alone, but he doesn’t have to make his final journey alone."

It truly defined what it means to be New York's Finest.

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