Patrolman Thomas J. Fitzpatrick

Patrolman Thomas J. Fitzpatrick

New York City Police Department, New York

End of Watch Thursday, January 31, 1901

Thomas J. Fitzpatrick

Patrolmen Thomas Fitzpatrick and Edward Mullin were killed when they attempted to rescue a man trapped in the basement of a burning building.

Earlier in the day there had been an explosion in the same building and five hours later, a fire started at the location.

Patrolmen Mullin and Fitzpatrick responded and made several trips into the building and rescued several people. On their last trip into the building, they were informed of a man trapped in the basement. When they arrived in the basement, the building collapsed and both patrolmen were burned to death before they could be rescued.

Patrolman Fitzpatrick was survived by his wife and brother. He served with the East 35th Street station. He was survived by his wife.


  • Age 30
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Incident Details

  • Cause Fire

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A horrible way to die but your ultimate sacrifice was in the noblest of causes. They say that no greater love has someone than to lay down their life for a friend. When it's for a total stranger, it's absolutely magnificent. You and Patrolman Mullin truly showed yourself to be selfless heroes.

On this 115th anniversary of the tragic end to your life and career, know you have not been forgotten. God Bless you and may you eternally Rest in Peace, Brother.

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

January 31, 2016

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