Keeper Dennis O'Brien

Keeper Dennis O'Brien

New York State Department of Correctional Services, New York

End of Watch Monday, January 11, 1904

Dennis O'Brien

Keeper Dennis O'Brien was struck and killed by a train while searching for two escaped prisoners.

Keeper O'Brien had spent the day at the Bluff Point train station, looking for two inmates who had escaped the previous night from the state prison at Dannemora.

At approximately 1745 hours, Keeper O'Brien walked across the tracks to talk to someone on a freight train. Due to the cold weather, Keeper O'Brien had his collar pulled up and did not hear the approaching train, or a train brakeman calling out to him.

The train struck and instantly killed Keeper O'Brien.

Keeper O'Brien was assigned to the Clinton Correctional Facility. He was survived by his wife and seven children.


  • Age 57
  • Tour Not available
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Incident Details

  • Cause Struck by train

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His family is honored that he is still remembered after all these years. He sacrificed his life for the safety of others.

Great Great Grand daughter

June 26, 2015

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