Patrolman Frank A. Quinlivan

Patrolman Frank A. Quinlivan

Schenectady Police Department, New York

End of Watch Tuesday, September 15, 1925

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Frank A. Quinlivan

Patrolman Frank Quinlivan was shot and killed while investigating the sighting of four bank robbery suspects at a local hotel. When he arrived at the scene he caught the four men dividing up the money taken in the robbery. One of the men opened fire with a gun concealed underneath a table, striking Patrolman Quinlivan. Although mortally wounded, Patrolman Quinlivan was able to return fire and killed one of the suspect.

The suspect that Patrolman Quinlivan killed was a known criminal and was the prime suspect in the murders of Captain Albert Youmans, of the Schenectady Police Department, on November 28, 1924, and Sergeant Thomas Oates, of the Troy Police Department, on April 25, 1925. Patrolman John Flynn, who was shot at the same time as Captain Youmans, succumbed to his wounds on August 28, 1934.

Patrolman Quinlivan had served with the agency for eight years and had also been assigned to the National Guard unit in search of Poncho Villa in Mexico in 1916. He was survived by his wife and five children.


  • Age 30
  • Tour 8 years
  • Badge 86

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Gun; Unknown type
  • Offender Shot and killed

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On this anniversary of your death I would like to reiterate my previous reflection and say that you will never be forgotten.

Detective Cpl/3 Steven Rizzo
Delaware State Police (Retired)

September 15, 2020

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