Sergeant John J. O'Connor

Sergeant John J. O'Connor

Nahant Police Department, Massachusetts

End of Watch Thursday, July 27, 1961

John J. O'Connor

Sergeant John O'Connor suffered a fatal heart attack after struggling with a prisoner in the city police station.

He had just arrested the man for drunk driving after the sailor crashed his car. The man began to struggle as Sergeant O'Connor walked him to the booking room. Sergeant O'Connor was able to subdue the man before leaving him with another officer in order to go upstairs to answer the phone. When the second officer continued to hear the phone ring he went upstairs to investigate and found Sergeant O'Connor on the floor unresponsive. He was transported to a local hospital where he was pronounced dead.

Sergeant O'Connor had served with the Nahant Police Department for 28 years.

Bio

  • Age 56
  • Tour 28 years
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Heart attack

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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 52nd anniversary year of your death. I am priviliged 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.

I pray for the solace of all those that love and remember you for I know both the pain and pride are forever.

Phyllis Lasater Loya
mom of fallen Pittsburg (CA) officer Larry Lasater

January 20, 2013

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