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Patrolman Thomas E. O'Connell | New York City Police Department, New York New York City Police Department, New York

Patrolman

Thomas E. O'Connell

New York City Police Department, New York

End of Watch: Monday, June 17, 1912

Bio & Incident Details

Age: Not available

Tour: Not available

Badge # 4159

Cause: Assault

Incident Date: 1/3/1912

Weapon: Person

Offender: Not available

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Patrolman Thomas O'Connell died from injuries he received while attempting to rescue a suicidal man.

At approximately 1400 hours on January 3, 1912 Patrolman O'Connell observed a man who had jumped into the river in a suicide attempt. Patrolman O’Connell jumped in to save the man, but the man did not want to be saved. The man fiercely fought off Patrolman O’Connell, pulling him under the water. When a rescue boat arrived, they were able to pull Patrolman O’Connell aboard, but the suicidal man never resurfaced from under the water.

Patrolman O'Connell was removed to Flower Hospital where he died on June 17, 1912 from the injuries he received while attempting the rescue.

Patrolman O'Connell was assigned to the 29th Precinct, the present day 17th Precinct.

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Time may have passed but you are not forgotten. I believe as long as someone remembers you or speaks your name, you are still with us.
Thank you for your heroism.
GOD Bless

Detention Officer A.Zambito
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June 17, 2015

 

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