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Postal Inspector Finton T. McMahon | United States Postal Inspection Service, U.S. Government United States Postal Inspection Service, U.S. Government

Postal Inspector

Finton T. McMahon

United States Postal Inspection Service, U.S. Government

End of Watch: Tuesday, August 1, 1939

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 37

Tour: 9 years

Badge # Not available

Cause: Fall

Location: Ohio

Incident Date: 8/1/1939

Weapon: Not available

Suspect: Not available

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Inspector Finton McMahon fell to his death while conducting an internal criminal investigation in the Akron, Ohio, Post Office. He was inside the look out gallery, located 20 feet above the workroom floor, and had just begun to climb down a steel ladder when he lost his footing and fell down the ladder well, suffering a fatal head injury.

Post offices are constructed with enclosed observation catwalks that are used to conduct surveillance when theft is suspected. Known as lookout galleries, these catwalks are very dark and cramped, and often span several floors via straight shafts equipped with ladders. Inspector McMahan was conducting a criminal investigation and using one of these galleries, located 20 feet above the workroom floor, and had just begun to climb down a steel ladder when he lost his footing and fell down the ladder well, suffering a fatal head injury.

Inspector McMahon had served with the agency for 9 years. He was survived by his wife and four children.

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To fully appreciate the heroes of the present, we must recognize our heroes of the past. Your heroism and service is honored today, the 74th anniversary year of your death. I am priviliged to be among the first to leave a tribute to you. Your memory lives and you continue to inspire. Thank you for your service. My cherished son Larry Lasater was a fellow police officer who was murdered in the line of duty on April 24, 2005 while serving as a Pittsburg, CA police officer.

Time never diminishes respect. Your memory will always be honored and revered. Rest In Peace.

Phyllis Lasater Loya
mom of fallen Pittsburg (CA) officer Larry Lasater
January 25, 2013

 

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