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Patrolman James W. Devens | New York City Police Department, New York New York City Police Department, New York

Patrolman

James W. Devens

New York City Police Department, New York

End of Watch: Friday, November 25, 1904

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Age: Not available

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Cause: Accidental

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Patrolman Devens succumbed to injuries received in a wagon accident while he and other officers responded to a fire.

Patrolman Devens was driving the wagon down Avenue L near Rockaway Avenue when a trolley car suddenly stopped in front of them and passengers started to get off. Instead of running the passengers down Patrolman Devens swung the wagon around a corner, causing the other passengers to be thrown out. Patrolman Devens wrists were stuck in the reins and he was dragged behind the horses and kicked repeatedly. He was taken to a local hospital where he succumbed to his injuries later in the night.

Patrolman Devens was assigned to the 66th precinct, which is the present day 69th Precinct in Brooklyn.

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I said a little prayer today for Patrolman Devens and his family. He may be gone but never forgotten. He will always be a New York HERO.

Robyn Wilkes
November 22, 2015

 

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