Shadow George Trenchard

Shadow George Trenchard

New York Municipal Police Force, New York

End of Watch Thursday, June 2, 1853

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George Trenchard

Shadow Trenchard succumbed to burns and injuries received three days earlier when he was assisting the fire department fight a fire on Essex Street. He fell through grating into the basement of the house where he struck his head and received severe burns.

Shadow Trenchard was referred to as a "shadow," a designation conceptually similar to that of a Detective, but one that predated the use of the term Detective in the New York City police.

Shadow Trenchard was an attaché to the Chief's Office. He was survived by several children.


  • Age Not available
  • Tour Not available
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Fire
  • Incident Date Tuesday, May 31, 1853

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Brother, a pioneer in the profession, you went above and beyond what was expected of you. How terrible that it cost you your life.

On this 163rd anniversary of your sacrifice, I am honored to leave a reflection.

God Bless and may your eternal rest be ever peaceful.

Ptl. Jim Leahy, Jr.
Harvard University Police Dept.

June 2, 2016

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