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Park Guard Michael McKenna | Fairmount Park Police Department, Pennsylvania Fairmount Park Police Department, Pennsylvania

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Michael McKenna

Fairmount Park Police Department, Pennsylvania

End of Watch: Monday, May 17, 1937

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 39

Tour: 8 years

Badge # Not available

Cause: Automobile crash

Incident Date: 5/9/1937

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Guard McKenna succumbed to injuries sustained eight days earlier when he was crushed between a car and a large rock while riding on the running board of a vehicle. Guard McKenna and his partner were on patrol when they were alerted that three boys had capsized in their canoe on Wissahickon Creek. One of the boys struck his head on a retaining wall and was knocked unconscious.

The two officers were able to pull the boy from the water and Guard McKenna's partner began to work on the boy as Guard McKenna went to Wissahickon Drive to commandeer a car. As the car drove back to the creek down a narrow path Guard McKenna was struck a rock that was protruding into the path and suffered fatal injuries.

Guard McKenna had served with the agency for 8 years. He was survived by his wife and four children.

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It's destiny or who knows what that on this day I get on google and find this space for reflection. Today is May 17, 2016. 79 years ago today our grandfather passed away after performing a heroic act as a park guard. It speaks to the four sons he and Stella have left as a legacy. All hero's to all of us, as is he.

tish palumbo
May 17, 2016


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