Patrolman James W. Devens

Patrolman James W. Devens

New York City Police Department, New York

End of Watch Friday, November 25, 1904

James W. Devens

Patrolman Devens succumbed to injuries received in a wagon accident while he and other officers responded to a fire.

Patrolman Devens was driving the wagon down Avenue L near Rockaway Avenue when a trolley car suddenly stopped in front of them and passengers started to get off. To avoid striking the people, Patrolman Devens swung the wagon around a corner. The sharp turn caused Patrolman Devens to fall from the wagon. His wrists were stuck in the reins and he was dragged behind the horses and kicked repeatedly.

Patrolman Devens was taken to a local hospital where he succumbed to his injuries later in the night.

Patrolman Devens was assigned to the 66th precinct, which is the present day 69th Precinct in Brooklyn.

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Incident Details

  • Cause Accidental

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I have been talking about J. Devens for the last 20 years in attempting to name a Canarsie street after him. The issue of family being notified has been the greatest hurdle. Since this happened over 100 years ago, that is a difficult task. Devens was one of New York's first mounted officers and was part of Canarsie since at least 1897, where he served on a policemen's committee. He is the first officer to die in the line of Duty in Canarsie, which at that time served all neighborhoods in Flatlands.

Ramon Martinez
Canarsie History Museum

February 25, 2018

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