Patrolman John A. Branagan

Patrolman John A. Branagan

New York Metropolitan Police Force, New York

End of Watch Tuesday, August 10, 1869

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John A. Branagan

Patrolman Branagan died of injuries he received while assisting with backing out a horse drawn lumber truck from a ferry yard.

Patrolman Branagan was on his post at the Hamilton Ferry and was assisting a horse drawn lumber truck back out of the ferry yard. As the truck was backing out, the horses changed direction, causing the load of lumber to fall from the truck onto Patrolman Branagan. Patrolman Branagan was severely injured and was taken to his residence and the coroner was summoned. Patrolman Branagan died shortly there after from his injuries.

Patrolman Branagan had served with the New York City Police Department for 12 and a half years and was survived by his wife and four children.


  • Age 42
  • Tour 12 years, 6 months
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Accidental

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To fully appreciate the heroes of the present, we must recognize our heroes of the past. Your heroism and service is honored today, the 144th anniversary year of your death. I am priviliged to be among the first to leave a tribute to you. Your memory lives and you continue to inspire. Thank you for your service. My cherished son Larry Lasater was a fellow police officer who was murdered in the line of duty on April 24, 2005 while serving as a Pittsburg, CA police officer.

Time never diminishes respect. Your memory will always be honored and revered. Rest In Peace.

Phyllis Loya
Mom of fallen California Officer Larry Lasater, Pittsburg PD, eow 4/24/05

February 4, 2013

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