Postal Inspector Finton T. McMahon

Postal Inspector Finton T. McMahon

United States Postal Inspection Service, U.S. Government

End of Watch Tuesday, August 1, 1939

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Finton T. McMahon

Postal Inspector Finton McMahon fell to his death while conducting an internal criminal investigation in the Akron, Ohio, Post Office.

He was inside the lookout gallery, located 20 feet above the workroom floor, and had just begun to climb down a steel ladder when he lost his footing and fell down the ladder well, suffering a fatal head injury.

Post offices are constructed with enclosed observation catwalks that are used to conduct surveillance when theft is suspected. Known as lookout galleries, these catwalks are very dark and cramped, and often span several floors via straight shafts equipped with ladders. Inspector McMahan was conducting a criminal investigation and using one of these galleries, located 20 feet above the workroom floor, and had just begun to climb down a steel ladder when he lost his footing and fell down the ladder well, suffering a fatal head injury.

Inspector McMahon had served with the United States Postal Service for nine years. He was survived by his wife and four children.

Bio

  • Age 37
  • Tour 9 years
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Fall
  • Location Ohio

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Inspector McMahon,
On today, the 80th anniversary of your death I would just like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice for our Country.

BPA Mike Casey
United States Border Patrol
El Paso Station

August 1, 2019

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