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Patrolman Edward F. Maher | New York City Police Department, New York New York City Police Department, New York

Patrolman

Edward F. Maher

New York City Police Department, New York

End of Watch: Tuesday, January 14, 1941

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 52

Tour: Not available

Badge # 8953

Cause: Gunfire

Weapon: Handgun

Offender: Executed in 1942

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Patrolman Edward Maher was shot and killed during a foot chase of two robbery suspects.

Patrolman Maher was on his traffic post at the corner of Madison Avenue and 34th Street when he was alerted that a robbery and murder had just taken place. The two men had just murdered an office manager and were attempting to flee. Patrolman Maher spotted the suspect sand began to chase them. During the foot chase shots were exchanged and Officer Maher shot one of the suspects in the leg. When he went to check on the wounded suspect and taken him into custody, the suspect turned over and shot Officer Maher several times, killing him.

Both suspects were apprehended and convicted of murder. They were both executed on March 12, 1942.

Patrolman Maher was posthumously awarded the New York City Police Department's Medal of Honor for his actions.

Patrolman Maher was assigned to Traffic Precinct C. He was survived by his son.

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Edward F. Maher died after chasing down the brother of the man that murdered my grandfather, Alfred V. Klausman, on Tuesday, January 14, 1941. Thank you for your courage, Patrolman Maher.

Andrew Klausman
February 29, 2016
March 1, 2016

 

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