Correctional Officer Harrison William "Red" Whalen

Correctional Officer Harrison William "Red" Whalen

New York State Department of Correctional Services, New York

End of Watch Saturday, October 9, 1971

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Harrison William "Red" Whalen

Correctional Officer Harrison Whalen died from injuries sustained in a prison riot at the Attica Prison. Six other correctional officers were also killed during the riot.

The leader of the riot was never charged with any crime. After his release from prison, he shot and killed Police Officer Norman R. Cerullo and Police Officer Christie D. Masone of the New York City Police Department on April 2, 1978, on a Brooklyn Street.

Correctional Officer Whalen was a United States Navy veteran of the Korean War and had served with the New York State Department of Correctional Services for 12 years. He was survived by his wife, two daughters, mother, and brother.


  • Age 37
  • Tour 12 years
  • Badge Not available
  • Military Veteran

Incident Details

  • Cause Assault
  • Incident Date Saturday, September 11, 1971
  • Weapon Not available
  • Offender Not available

prison riot

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Officer Whalen,
On today, the 50th anniversary of your death I would just like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice-not just as a Law Enforcement Officer but for our Country as well when you served with the USN during the Korean War. And to your Family and loved ones, I wish to extend my deepest sympathy.

Fair Winds And Following Seas

United States Border Patrol

October 9, 2021

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