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Patrolman Ernest F. McCarron | New York City Police Department, New York New York City Police Department, New York


Ernest F. McCarron

New York City Police Department, New York

End of Watch: Sunday, January 7, 1934

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 29

Tour: 8 years

Badge # 14736

Cause: Fire

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Patrolman McCarron was killed when he entered a burning building in an attempt to rescue a trapped child.

Patrolman McCarron was on his post when he noticed a fire at 6015 5th Avenue, Brooklyn. Patrolman McCarron entered the home and attempted to rescue a trapped 9-year-old girl. After finding the girl they were unable to escape and they were overcome by the smoke and fire and died.

Patrolman McCarron was was posthumously awarded the New York City Police Department's Medal of Honor for his heroic actions. Both the police and fire commissioners attended his funeral, which was the first time that had ever happened.

Patrolman McCarron had served with the New York City Police Department for 8 years and was survived by his mother. He was assigned to the 68th Precinct in Brooklyn.

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Though it was at a horrifically horrible price, one can only imagine the comfort you, Officer McCarron, provided this frightened child in her final moments of life on this earth. In her unimaginable terror, she knew someone cared, someone had come to her and that she was not alone. You are the embodiment of the testimonial that "It is not how an officer dies that makes him or her a hero, but rather how they lived". Thanks for your fidelity to the ideals of our profession - and your fidelity to a 9 year old girl. Rest in peace.

NC Officer
January 7, 2017


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