In the late 1960s, Detective Alan “Al”
Sheppard, NYPD (ret.), served two years with the United States Army. His service included deployment with
the 101st Airborne Division to the Republic of South Vietnam. In 1969, Al Sheppard joined the
New York City Police Department. His first assignment was as a patrol officer in the 81st Precinct
which is located in the north central area of the borough of Brooklyn. This neighborhood is known as "Bedford Stuyvesant."
A small section along the southern border is referred to Stuyvesant Heights.
Al Sheppard was assigned the Emergency Service Unit. The Emergency Services Unit of the NYPD is nation’s
largest permanent emergency response team with over 400 personnel. The “ESU” provides specialized equipment, expertise
and support; “from auto accidents to building collapses to hostage situations, ESU officers are called on when the situation
requires advanced equipment and expertise.” In 1985, Alan Sheppard was assigned to the NYPD Intelligence
Division and given dual status with the United States Marshals. In 1988, he worked an undercover assignment
and in 1989 he was assigned to the Major Case Squad. Detective Alan “Al” Sheppard, NYPD (ret.)
is the author of E-Man: Life in the NYPD Emergency Services Unit.
According to Lieutenant Vern Gelbreth, NYPD (ret.), “Sheppard served in the NYPD during the urban
warfare years and received his Baptism of Fire at the Williamsburg Siege. He was a decorated hero of the NYPD and member of
the elite Emergency Services Unit (ESU). In his book, E-Man Al takes the reader on a non-stop roller coaster ride of emotions
as he reveals life on the streets through the eyes of a combatant during the turbulent times and the work of the Emergency
Services Unit—the same unit that the Police call when they need Help.”
According to one reader, Alan Sheppard’s book , “is a fast paced account of a true story about a cop who
not only carried people from burning buildings and off of bridges high above the waters of NYC but also saved a fellow cop
from sure death by shooting his killer dead. You will not be able to put this book down! I urge to read how some people don't
imagine how to be a hero but actually become one.”