Police Officer Dennis Joseph McNamara

Police Officer Dennis Joseph McNamara

Upper Darby Township Police Department, Pennsylvania

End of Watch Wednesday, January 30, 2002

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Dennis Joseph McNamara

Police Officer Dennis McNamara was shot and killed while investigating suspicious vehicle in front of a home on Perry Avenue.

As he talked into his shoulder mounted microphone, a motorcycle gang member ran out of the home. The suspect pulled out a handgun and shot Officer McNamara in the side of the head. The suspect then fled the scene in a vehicle.

Officer McNamara was transported to a local hospital where he succumbed to his wounds two hours later.

The suspect was arrested in the early morning hours following a car chase in Bucks County, Pennsylvania. The suspect was seriously injured when he crashed his vehicle. The 52-year-old suspect plead guilty to Officer McNamara's murder and was sentenced to life. He died in prison on July 8, 2015.

Officer McNamara was a U.S. Army Reserve veteran and had served with the Upper Darby Township Police Department for eight years. He is survived by his wife and two children.


  • Age 43
  • Tour 8 years
  • Badge 121
  • Military Veteran

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Handgun; .32 caliber
  • Offender Died in prison

suspicious vehicle

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In 1998 maybe 99 Dennis pulled me over on Beverly Blvd. He ask me if I knew why he pulled me over and I explained how I didn’t come to a complete stop at the stop sign. Dennis then ask me if I knew proper procedure. I was 29 with a clean record. I knew the rules on the road. Yes, I knew better. Lucky for me, on that day, as Dennis explained, it happen to be RANDOM ACTS OF KINDNESS DAY! He chose me for his single act of kindness! He explained, in turn, I had to chose a random act of kindness for someone that day.. as he handed me a flyer. I was so shocked and extremely grateful, I in turn did one random act of kindness for the next 7 days. If not for the flyer, no one would have believed me. Till this day, I count to 3 when I come to stop!
Thank you Officer Dennis McNamara, for teaching me 2 lessons that day.
R.I.P. God bless your family!

Tracey Bozzi

March 12, 2020

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