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Trooper Daniel L. O'Brien | Rhode Island State Police, Rhode Island Rhode Island State Police, Rhode Island


Daniel L. O'Brien

Rhode Island State Police, Rhode Island

End of Watch: Tuesday, August 31, 1954

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 25

Tour: 3 years

Badge # 40

Military veteran

Cause: Weather/Natural disaster

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Trooper Daniel O'Brien drowned while performing rescue operations in East Matunuck during Hurricane Carol. Trooper O'Brien was near Succotash Road, informing residents of the ocean front homes to evacuate when rapidly rising water crippled his patrol car. While helping a citizen a large wave separated the two and washed Trooper O'Brien away.

Trooper O'Brien's abandoned patrol car was found with just the siren sticking out of the water; his body was found lying face down in debris near Post Road in the marsh in East Matunuck.

Trooper O'Brien was a U.S. Army veteran of the Korean War and had served with the Rhode Island State Police for three years. He was survived by his parents, three brothers, one sister, and fiance. He was posthumously awarded the agency's State Police Service Ribbon.

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Thinking about you today. Thank you for your honorable service in our nation's military and police force. RIP

John Haseltine - Civilian
June 29, 2016


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