Patrolman Simon McDonnell

Patrolman Simon McDonnell

New York Police Department, New York

End of Watch Tuesday, December 7, 1897

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Simon McDonnell

Patrolman McDonnell died after being kicked in the head by his police horse.

Patrolman McDonnell was riding in a horse drawn patrol wagon on Seventy-Second Street and East Drive in Central Park, Manhattan when the horse first began to kick, and then tipped over the patrol wagon. Patrolman McDonnell was thrown to the ground near the horse and kicked in the head. The force of the kick fractured Patrolman McDonnell's skull, killing him.

Patrolman McDonnell had served with the New York Police Department for nine years and was survived by his wife and five children. He was assigned to the Elizabeth Street Station.


  • Age 37
  • Tour 9 years
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Animal related

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RIP sir.

Retired First Sergeant Thomas Webb
New York State Police - Troop "D"

August 7, 2020

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