|End of Watch: January 21, 1934|
|Tour of Duty 19 years|
|Assignment: Delevan Avenue station|
|Shield Number 679|
On Saturday evening January 13, 1934 State Teachers College on Elmwood Avenue (later renamed Buffalo State College) was host to a basketball game. At the conclusion of the contest Ptl. Joseph Striebich had been assigned to direct traffic and to assist pedestrians across the street.
Ms. Margaret Brace (28 years old, Colvin Avenue) was driving her vehicle on Elmwood Avenue shortly after the basketball game had ended. In a statement made to police Ms. Brace claimed that Ptl. "Streibich , while escorting pedestrians across the street, stepped from behind a car into the path of her" vehicle.
Ptl. Streibich was taken to Millard Fillmore Hospital where it was discovered he had suffered a compound fractured skull. Within a short period of time pneumonia also set in.
On January 21, 1934 Ptl. Joseph Streibich had died of his injuries.
Joseph Streibich had been appointed to the Buffalo Police Department December 31, 1915. During his 19 years with the department Streibich had moved to various assignments. He worked out of the old Pearl Street, Central Park, Fillmore Avenue, Franklin Street and the Genesee Street stations. He had also spent a total of six years as a detective at the Niagara Street station. Ptl. Streibich also had a brother, Detective Edward Streibich of the Colvin Avenue station, with the department.
Ptl. Streibich was survived by his wife, Madeline, their two sons, Joseph Jr. and John as well as their daughter Rita.