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Keeper Dennis O'Brien | New York State Department of Correctional Services, New York New York State Department of Correctional Services, New York

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Dennis O'Brien

New York State Department of Correctional Services, New York

End of Watch: Monday, January 11, 1904

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 57

Tour: Not available

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Cause: Struck by train

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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.

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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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