Police Officer Joseph J. Baumann

Police Officer Joseph J. Baumann

Newark Police Department, New Jersey

End of Watch Friday, September 18, 1942

Add to My Heroes

Joseph J. Baumann

Police Officer Joseph Baumann succumbed to stab wounds sustained 15 days earlier when he was stabbed as he attempted to remove an unruly passenger from a city bus.

The passenger had been abusing other passengers and the bus driver told the man to get off of the bus. The man refused to get off of the bus and Officer Baumann, who was on his way home from work, took the man by the arm to remove him from the bus.

As the two stepped off of the bus, at Norfolk Street and South Orange Avenue, the man pulled out a knife and suddenly stabbed Officer Baumann. Another off duty officer and several citizens then chased the suspect but did not catch him. The man was apprehended several days later. Officer Baumann was transported to City Hospital where he died 15 days later. The suspect was charged with murder after Officer Baumann's death.

Officer Baumann was a U.S. Army veteran and WWI and had served with the Newark Police Department for 17-1/2 years. He was assigned to the Emergency Squad. He was survived by his wife and two children.


  • Age 43
  • Tour 17 years, 6 months
  • Badge Not available
  • Military Veteran

Incident Details

  • Cause Stabbed
  • Incident Date Thursday, September 3, 1942
  • Weapon Edged weapon; Knife
  • Offender Charged with murder


Most Recent Reflection

View all 13 Reflections

Rest in peace and always know that your service and sacrifice will never, ever be forgotten by your law enforcement brethren.

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

September 18, 2020

Want even more control of your Reflection? Create a free ODMP account now for these benefits:

  • Quick access to your heroes
  • Reflections published quicker
  • Save a Reflection signature
  • View, edit or delete any Reflection you've left in the past

Create an account for more options, or use this form to leave a Reflection now.