Patrolman Henry Corbett

Patrolman Henry Corbett

New York Metropolitan Police Force, New York

End of Watch Monday, July 13, 1868

Henry Corbett

Patrolman Henry Corbett drowned in the North River while attempting to rescue a 14-year-old girl who had just fallen overboard from a barge attached to the steamer "Seth Low." The steamer was attempting to dock the party excursion barge at 152nd Street so the passengers could disembark.

Patrolman Corbett was assisting the passengers off the barge when the steamer pulled away from the dock, causing him and several passengers to fall in.

Patrolman Corbett"s body was recovered near 96th Street several days later. The girl he was attempting to rescue also drowned.

The captain of the "Seth Low" was held on charges of criminal neglect.

Patrolman Corbett had served with the Metropolitan Police Force for eight years and was survived by his wife and five children. He was assigned to the 32nd Precinct of the Metropolitan Police Force, an area now covered by the 30th Precinct of the New York City Police Department.


  • Age 38
  • Tour 8 years
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Drowned

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It's now been 149 years since you sacrificed your life while trying to help others. That sacrifice has not been forgotten and you are truly honored here.

God Bless and may your eternal rest be ever peaceful.

Ptl. Jim Leahy, Jr.
Harvard University Police Dept.

July 13, 2017

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