Police Officer Dennis Sullivan

Police Officer Dennis Sullivan

Philadelphia Police Department, Pennsylvania

End of Watch Tuesday, June 14, 1870

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Dennis Sullivan

Police Officer Dennis Sullivan succumbed to injuries two days earlier while he tried to quell a disturbance involving several drunk individuals at the intersection of Callowhill and Water streets.

Officer Sullivan, was off duty and with his son when he witnessed the disturbance and tried to intervene. A subject was arrested and charged with murder following the death of Officer Sullivan.

The subject was found guilty of murder on December 22, 1870, and sentenced to eight years in prison.

Officer Sullivan had served with the Philadelphia Police Department for 14 years.


  • Age 50
  • Tour 14 years
  • Badge 200

Incident Details

  • Cause Assault
  • Incident Date Sunday, June 12, 1870
  • Weapon Person; Alcohol involved
  • Offender Sentenced to eight years

DIP, off duty

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On this 150th “anniversary” of your untimely departure, please know that no passage of time can erase your service and the sacrifice you made that day. Rest In Peace always.

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

June 14, 2020

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