Patrolman John J. McGlynn

Patrolman John J. McGlynn

New York City Police Department, New York

End of Watch Saturday, October 18, 1924

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John J. McGlynn

Patrolman McGlynn and Sergeant Neil Gibbons died of injuries they received when the engine on their patrol boat exploded. Patrolman McGlynn had just finished refueling the boat and had started the engine when this occurred.

Fire from the explosion caught Patrolman McGlynn and Sergeant Gibbons' clothing and set them on fire. The force of the explosion also threw both officers into the river. They were rescued from the water by a third patrolman who was also on the boat, but who was only slightly injured in the explosion.

Patrolman McGlynn and Sergeant Gibbons were taken to Bellevue Hospital where they both later died from their injuries.

Patrolman McGlynn was assigned to the Marine Division.


  • Age Not available
  • Tour 29 years
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Explosion
  • Incident Date Wednesday, October 15, 1924

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My father's older brother, John McGlyn ( family spelling) I always knew him as " my brother Johnny the cop" . He was a father to my dad because their dad died of typhus when my Dad was an infant. My Grandmother managed to buy a stained glass window in 1926, honoring her son in Saint Patrick's Church at 95th street and 4th Avenue, Brooklyn. I always thought that was a true refection of her loss and faith . I can't begin to imagine how she paid for it , a widow with 5 children. John was her rock. It is wonderful to see these Reflections, thank you all.

Ellen McGlyn Solensky
Grand niece

October 27, 2019

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