Health Officer John J. Sullivan

Health Officer John J. Sullivan

Lexington Police Department, Kentucky

End of Watch Saturday, May 22, 1897

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John J. Sullivan

Officer Sullivan was accidentally shot and killed when another officer's service revolver from his pocket and discharged. The accident occurred as several officers were speaking in the police station. As one of the officer's stood from his chair his pistol fell and discharged when it struck the ground.

Officer Sullivan had served with the Lexington Police Department for 14 years and was assigned to supervise the Health Department. He was survived by his mother and several brothers.


  • Age Not available
  • Tour 14 years
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire (Inadvertent)

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Officer Sullivan,
On today, the 125th anniversary of your death I would just like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice for the citizens of Lexington.


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