Milwaukee Police Officer Joshua Albert is recovering from critical injuries he suffered when the car he was driving was struck by a drunken driver who was going the wrong way on I-94 this morning about midnight.
Josh, 31, has had a noteworthy career with the Milwaukee Police Department in the short time he has been at MPD. He became a police officer in March 2009 and received a Meritorious Service Award from Chief Edward A. Flynn in 2011 for an outstanding arrest. He is assigned to District 3.
On August 23, 2010, while on beat patrol, Officer Albert and Officer Jay Ehlers checked on a previously burglarized garage in the alley between North 38th and North 39th Streets. As they entered the alley they saw a car parked with the engine running and the lights off. Finding this suspicious, the officers approached the vehicle. Both officers saw several subjects inside. Someone inside the car immediately shouted out and subsequently, a rear seat passenger reached out of the right side rear window holding a sawed-off shotgun. This individual pointed the weapon in the direction of Officer Ehlers and fired one shot while the vehicle started to move.
Officer Albert fearing for his safety and that of his partner, drew his duty weapon and fired at the vehicle as it sped past. Both officers immediately broadcast the incident. After a foot pursuit, the suspects were all located and these dangerous criminals were taken off the street.
There’s no telling how many lives Officer Albert saved that night. His family, co-workers and the community will now see him exhibit that same bravery as he recovers in a local hospital. He is still in very critical condition and his family appreciates the thoughts and prayers from the community.