Patrolman Bernard O'Rourke

Patrolman Bernard O'Rourke

New York City Police Department, New York

End of Watch Friday, August 1, 1913

Bernard O'Rourke

Patrolman Bernard O'Rourke died of injured he received when he attempted to stop a runaway horse on 3rd Avenue near 4th Street in Brooklyn.

At approximately 0915 hours Patrolman O'Rourke observed the runaway horse running on the sidewalk toward a group of playing children. Patrolman O'Rourke jumped on the house and was able to change it's direction, but he lost his grip and he was dragged about fifty feet before being thrown to the street. Patrolman O'Rourke was removed to Methodist Hospital where he died at 1300 hours from his injuries, which included a fractured skull and internal injuries.

Patrolman O'Rourke had served with the New York City Police Department for three years and was assigned to the 146th Precinct, the present day 78th Precinct. He was survived by his wife.


  • Age 31
  • Tour 3 years
  • Badge 2802

Incident Details

  • Cause Animal related

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Bernard Orourke or Barney as he was known, was my Great Grandad (James) brother, he is remembered for his bravery back in 1913.
My great Nana said that his uniform was posted to his family after he had died. Although the people from my family who knew him are now gone he is thought of with great pride. God Bless you Bernard. [email protected]

Robert Franey
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July 17, 2016

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