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Reserve Officer Daniel J. Donovan | Springfield Police Department, Massachusetts Springfield Police Department, Massachusetts

Reserve Officer

Daniel J. Donovan

Springfield Police Department, Massachusetts

End of Watch: Tuesday, September 29, 1908

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 35

Tour: 8 months

Badge # Not available

Cause: Gunfire (Accidental)

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Reserve Officer Donovan was accidentally shot and killed by another officer while waiting for his assignment at headquarters. The other officer was retrieving his weapon after having it inspected. As he was putting it in its holster the weapon discharged and the round struck Reserve Officer Donovan in the chest. Reserve Officer Donovan was taken to a local hospital where he died 30 minutes later.

Reserve Officer Donovan had served with the Springfield Police Department for 8 months. He was survived by his wife and three children.

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It is now 107 years and still you have not been forgotten.

Ptl. Jim Leahy, Jr.
Harvard University Police Dept.
September 29, 2015


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