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Police Officer Thomas J. O'Neill | Baltimore City Police Department, Maryland Baltimore City Police Department, Maryland

Police Officer

Thomas J. O'Neill

Baltimore City Police Department, Maryland

End of Watch: Sunday, October 16, 1949

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 50

Tour: 21 years

Badge # Not available

Cause: Duty related illness

Incident Date: 10/15/1949

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Officer O'Neill suffered a fatal hemorrhage after conducting a motorcycle escort for a medical emergency at 2200 hours. During the escort, Officer O'Neill's motorcycle stalled at an intersection and he tried for several minutes to get it restarted using the kick-starter. He was able to get it started and joined the ambulance and other motorcycle officers at Sydenham Hospital. Several minutes later Officer O'Neill collapsed.

A nearby doctor immediately attended to the officer and determined his condition was so bad that he needed to be transported to Mercy Hospital. Doctors at Mercy Hospital attended to Officer O'Neill for several hours, but he died as a result of the hemorrhage at approximately 0645 hours the following morning.

A medical investigation determined that the hemorrhage was a result of the stress of the transport, combined with attempting to restart his motorcycle, and a previous on-duty motorcycle accident a few weeks prior.

Officer O'Neill had served with the Baltimore Police Department for 21 years and was assigned to the Traffic Division. He was survived by his wife and children.

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Thank you for your service and dedication to the city of Baltimore. As well as beautiful memories your family has shared.

Lauren Nelson
December 6, 2016


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