Patrolman James W. Devens

Patrolman James W. Devens

New York City Police Department, New York

End of Watch Friday, November 25, 1904

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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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Rest in peace Patrolman Devens.

Rabbi Lewis S. Davis

November 25, 2019

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