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Captain John Barnes | New York City Police Department, New York New York City Police Department, New York

Captain

John Barnes

New York City Police Department, New York

End of Watch: Tuesday, March 25, 1919

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 55

Tour: Not available

Badge # Not available

Cause: Heart attack

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Captain John Barnes suffered a fatal heart attack at the intersection of 5th Avenue and 57th Street while commanding his officers during a WWI victory parade that involved an estimated 26,000 soldiers and 3,000,000 spectators.

The high numbers of spectators resulted in numerous deaths and injuries along the parade route on Fifth Avenue as spectators defied police orders to stay in the viewing areas.

Captain Barnes collapsed during the event and died before arriving at Roosevelt Hospital.

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