Police Officer Joseph A. Burke

Police Officer Joseph A. Burke

Troy Police Department, New York

End of Watch Wednesday, July 20, 1932

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Joseph A. Burke

Officer Joseph Burke was killed in a motorcycle accident on Spring Street while en route to direct school traffic nearby. It is believed that his motorcycle tipped over as he attempted to come to a stop behind a truck that had just stopped.

He was taken to Troy Hospital where he succumbed to his injuries four hours later.

Officer Burke was a U.S. Army veteran of WWI and had served with the Troy Police Department for three years. He was survived by his wife, mother, brother, and three sisters.


  • Age Not available
  • Tour 3 years
  • Badge Not available
  • Military Veteran

Incident Details

  • Cause Motorcycle crash


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To fully appreciate the heroes of the present, we must recognize our heroes of the past. Your heroism and service is honored today, the 81rst anniversary year of your death. I am priviliged to be among the first to leave a tribute to you. Your memory lives and you continue to inspire. Thank you for your service. My cherished son Larry Lasater was a fellow police officer who was murdered in the line of duty on April 24, 2005 while serving as a Pittsburg, CA police officer.

Time never diminishes respect. Your memory will always be honored and revered. Rest In Peace.

Phyllis Lasater Loya
mom of fallen Pittsburg (CA) officer Larry Lasater

January 13, 2013

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