Patrolman John Thompson

Patrolman John Thompson

Brooklyn Police Department, New York

End of Watch Wednesday, January 2, 1878

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John Thompson

Patrolman John Thompson succumbed to injuries sustained on December 18th, 1877, when he was thrown from his horse while attempting to stop a runaway horse pulling a grocery wagon on Bedford Avenue near Van Buren Street (modern-day Clifton Place).

He was impaled by a piece of the grocery cart when he was thrown from his horse.

Patrolman Thompson was assigned to the Mounted Squad. He was survived by his wife and five children.


  • Age 40
  • Tour Not available
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Animal related
  • Incident Date Tuesday, December 18, 1877

runaway horse

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Rest in peace.

Lt. Jim Russo

December 18, 2017

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