Police Officer Thomas J. O'Neill

Police Officer Thomas J. O'Neill

Baltimore City Police Department, Maryland

End of Watch Sunday, October 16, 1949

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Thomas J. O'Neill

Police Officer Thomas O'Neill suffered a fatal hemorrhage after conducting a motorcycle escort for a medical emergency at 10:00 pm. During the escort, Officer O'Neill's motorcycle stalled at an intersection and he tried for several minutes to get it restarted using the kick-starter. He was able to get it started and joined the ambulance and other motorcycle officers at Sydenham Hospital. Several minutes later Officer O'Neill collapsed.

A nearby doctor immediately attended to the officer and determined his condition was so bad that he needed to be transported to Mercy Hospital. Doctors at Mercy Hospital attended to Officer O'Neill for several hours, but he died as a result of the hemorrhage at approximately 6:45 am the following morning.

A medical investigation determined that the hemorrhage was a result of the stress of the transport, combined with attempting to restart his motorcycle and a previous on-duty motorcycle accident several weeks prior.

Officer O'Neill had served with the Baltimore Police Department for 21 years and was assigned to the Traffic Division. He was survived by his wife, three children, sister, and four brothers. His identical twin brother also served with the agency.


  • Age 50
  • Tour 21 years
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Duty related illness
  • Incident Date Saturday, October 15, 1949

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Well Dad, It has been 72 years 2 months since you passed away. I sort of got into trouble when I was seventeen and had an option to go to reform school or go into the military. I chose the military and made a career out of it. I met an old WWII Master Sgt. (Royce M. Greer) who took me under his wing and made me finish High School and College. Mom was really proud when I send her my Diploma. Its been many years from those days and now I am 81 and remarried to a wonderful lady. Claire . my first wife passed away some 6 years ago. I am sure your have seen her in heaven. Another wonderful women and a great christian. We had two great boys and have 6 super grandchildren. Super kids and so very smart. You would have love them. Well Dad, I have to finish to sign off for now. Look forward to finishing my story later on with you. Tommy


June 18, 2022

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