Patrolman Dennis Shea

Patrolman Dennis Shea

New York City Police Department, New York

End of Watch Tuesday, November 4, 1902

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Dennis Shea

Patrolman Dennis Shea was killed in a massive explosion at a fireworks display at Madison Square Park in which 12 people were killed and over 70 were injured.

Patrolman Shea was patrolling the crowd at a fireworks display in Madison Square when one of the fireworks misfired. The misfire ignited a large pile of fireworks and caused the explosion. A large piece of metal struck Patrolman Shea in the head, fracturing his skull. He died from his injuries.

Patrolman Shea had served with the New York City Police Department for four years and was survived by his wife. He was assigned to the Brooklyn Bridge Squad.


  • Age 34
  • Tour 4 years
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Explosion

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Dear Officer Shea,
You are my Great Grandfather. I just found out about you. Your daughter, Margaret Veronica Shea, married Frederick William Lindemann and had my Mother, Miriam Katherine Lindemann on 26 August 1918. Unfortunately, my Grandmother died on 15 March 1919. This was during the Spanish Flu epidemic. However, her death certificate stated she died from pulmonary tuberculosis. Because my Grandfather Lindemann decided to keep my Mom away from her Mother's family, she never got to be with them or know them. I am sincerely saddened that you met with such an unfortunate and untimely death. When I get to NYC, I will go to the museum and find out more about you. I am truly sad that I never had a chance to meet you. Rest In Peace, Grandpa.
Kathy Ann England nee Kammann

Kathy England
Great Granddaughter of Dennis Shea

August 1, 2020

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