Patrolman Thomas J. Burns, Jr.

Patrolman Thomas J. Burns, Jr.

New York City Police Department, New York

End of Watch Sunday, December 31, 1939

Thomas J. Burns, Jr.

Officer Thomas Burns succumbed to exposure and hypothermia after falling into the icy water at the Brooklyn Army Base on 58th Street. He was investigating calls for help when he slipped into the water and injured his head. He was rescued by another police officer and taken to the hospital, where he died five hours later.

Officer Burns had served with the New York City Police Department for 12 years and was assigned to the 74th Precinct.


  • Age 45
  • Tour 12 years
  • Badge 274

Incident Details

  • Cause Exposure

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We will remember you Patrolman Thomas J. Burns Jr. Thank you and God bless you and your family, and the New York City Police Dep't.

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January 16, 2017

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