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Officer George Oliver Noonan | Bel Air Police Department, Maryland Bel Air Police Department, Maryland

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George Oliver Noonan

Bel Air Police Department, Maryland

End of Watch: Tuesday, June 29, 1920

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 34

Tour: Not available

Badge # Not available

Cause: Explosion

Incident Date: 6/26/1920

Weapon: Explosives

Offender: Not available

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Officer George Noonan died form injuries sustained four days earlier while attempting to arrest a subject who had been causing a disturbance in the business section of town in the days leading up to the Fourth of July.

For several days, a group of men had been lighting off fireworks and throwing them at women and horses. Officer Noonan confiscated the fireworks from several of the men and placed them in his pocket. One of them refused to cooperate and started struggling with him. Officer Noonan was either thrown to the ground or tripped with such force that the fireworks in his pocket exploded, throwing him two feet off of the ground and causing a serious injury.

He was taken to a hospital in Baltimore where he underwent surgery before passing away.

Officer Noonan had served with the Bel Air Police Department for several years. He was survived by his wife.

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Officer Noonan,
On today, the 96th anniversary of your death I would just like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice for the citizens of Bel Air.

R.I.P.
USBP

Anonymous
United States Border Patrol
June 29, 2016

 

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