Postal Inspector Finton T. McMahon

Postal Inspector Finton T. McMahon

United States Postal Inspection Service, U.S. Government

End of Watch Tuesday, August 1, 1939

Finton T. McMahon

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.

Bio

  • Age 37
  • Tour 9 years
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Fall
  • Location Ohio

Most Recent Reflection

View all 7 Reflections

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

Create an account for more options, or use this form to leave a Reflection now.