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Narcotics Agent James Raphael Kerrigan | United States Department of the Treasury - Bureau of Prohibition, U.S. Government United States Department of the Treasury - Bureau of Prohibition, U.S. Government

Narcotics Agent

James Raphael Kerrigan

United States Department of the Treasury - Bureau of Prohibition, U.S. Government

End of Watch: Thursday, December 27, 1928

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 40

Tour: Not available

Badge # Not available

Cause: Fall

Location: New Jersey

Incident Date: 9/28/1928

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Agent James Kerrigan succumbed to abdominal injuries sustained three months earlier when he fell eight feet into an areaway during a raid on an opium den in Newark, New Jersey's, Chinatown. Although injured, Agent Kerrigan continued with the raid and knocked down a door with a sledge hammer.

For several weeks following the raid he complained of sudden pains and eventually checked into Misericordia Hospital in New York City, New York. He remained in the hospital for one week and succumbed to his injuries after undergoing abdominal surgery.

Agent Kerrigan was survived by his wife two young sons.

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Thinking of you on this day, the 88th anniversary of your death. Some may not not know this but one of your two sons, James R. Kerrigan Jr. was killed in action at the Battle of the Bulge on December 26, 1944, and is buried in the American Cemetery in Luxembourg. You are a family of true American heroes and I thank both of you for your service and ultimate sacrifice.

Richard D. Barrett, ASAC
DEA (retired)
December 27, 2016

 

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