Patrolman Phillip Patrick Maher

Patrolman Phillip Patrick Maher

Cleveland Division of Police, Ohio

End of Watch Thursday, May 29, 1975

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Phillip Patrick Maher

Patrolman Philip Maher suffered a fatal heart attack after lifting a motorcycle off of a man who had just crashed.

Sometime before noon on May 29, 1975, Patrolman Maher ran more than a city block to aid a young man involved in a motorcycle accident at the intersection of 152nd and Lakeshore Blvd. After stopping traffic, he quickly assisted the young man over the curb out of harm’s way. He proceeded to go back and pick up the motorcycle and steered it off of the street. Officer Maher called for an ambulance and waited with the victim until help arrived. He then walked back to his corner just in time to cross the children at the noon hour.

Soon after the above incident, Officer Maher collapsed while crossing the children from Memorial and St. Jerome schools. He was rushed by ambulance to Euclid General Hospital, where he was pronounced dead upon arrival.

Patrolman Maher was a United States Army World War II veteran and had served with the Cleveland Police Department for 26 years. He was survived by his wife and five children, and four siblings.

As a tribute to him, the square at 152nd Street and Lakeshore Blvd. was renamed Maher Square. A stone monument was placed in his honor from donations collected by the Waterloo Beach Homeowner’s Association, neighbors, and the school children. It reads: “This memorial is dedicated to Patrolman Philip Maher in grateful appreciation for his many years of service to our community. Erected by his fellow citizens.”


  • Age 49
  • Tour 26 years
  • Badge 988
  • Military Veteran

Incident Details

  • Cause Heart attack

motorcycle crash, vehicle crash

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NEVER FORGET! Honoring the dedicated service and ultimate sacrifice of Patrolman Philip Patrick Maher of the Cleveland Division of Police, Ohio and the additional 70 American Peace Officers who have paid the ultimate sacrifice on this date in history.

Superintendent Joe Morbitzer (Retired)
Ohio Attorney General, Bureau of Criminal Investigation

May 29, 2024

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