Special Officer David B. Burns

Special Officer David B. Burns

Pawtucket Police Department, Rhode Island

End of Watch Tuesday, August 18, 1925

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David B. Burns

Special Officer David Burns drowned while attempting to rescue a child who was thrown into Narragansett Bay when the boiler on the excursion ship, Mackinac, exploded.

The owner of the ship had invited Officer Burns and other officers on board just prior to the explosion. Fifty three people were killed as a result of the accident.

Officer Burns was a British Army veteran of WWI. He was survived by his wife and three children.


  • Age 33
  • Tour Not available
  • Badge Not available
  • Military Veteran

Incident Details

  • Cause Drowned

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Officer Burns,
On today, the 90th anniversary of your death I would just like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice for the citizens of Pawtucket.


United States Border Patrol

August 18, 2015

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