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Police Officer David O'Brien | Milwaukee Police Department, Wisconsin Milwaukee Police Department, Wisconsin

Police Officer

David O'Brien

Milwaukee Police Department, Wisconsin

End of Watch: Saturday, November 24, 1917

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 53

Tour: 20 years

Badge # Not available

Cause: Bomb

Weapon: Not available

Offender: Case never solved

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Officer David O'Brien and eight other members of the Milwaukee Police Department as well as a civilian were killed when a bomb exploded in the department's central police station. The bomb had been found near a church and was brought to the police station by two boys. As the station keeper was showing it to the shift commander it exploded. Although the case was never solved it is thought that the bomb was planted by anarchists.

Officer O'Brien had served with the agency for 20 years. He was survived by his second wife, two sons, and mother, and was predeceased by his first wife and infant daughter. He is buried in Cavalry Cemetery and Mausoleum, Milwaukee, Wisconsin.

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97 years ago today, you and 7 of your colleagues died for no good reason. A horrible tragic loss of so many lives. Events of such loss are thankfully not that common, but they are still TOO common. Your sacrifice has not been forgotten and we can only hope the person or persons responsible for this act faced true justice, if not in this life, then in the next.

May God Bless all of you and may you all Rest Eternally in Peace, Brother.

Ptl. Jim Leahy, Jr.
Harvard University Police Dept.
November 24, 2014

 

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