Patrolman John Dolan

Patrolman John Dolan

Louisville Police Department, Kentucky

End of Watch Tuesday, December 20, 1904

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John Dolan

Patrolman John Dolan succumbed to a gunshot wound sustained four months earlier when he attempted to quell a disturbance at a bar near the intersection of Melwood Avenue and Stone Avenue. He and another officer were attempting to separate two brothers, the owners of the bar, as they they fought each other. One brother produced a pistol and shot Patrolman Dolan. The other officer shot and killed him.

Patrolman Dolan, shot in the abdomen, was taken to City Hospital where he slowly improved. After four months he took a turn for the worse, and his left leg had to be amputated. He died on December 20.

Patrolman Dolan had served with the Louisville Police Department for 14 months. He was survived by his wife, brother, and four sisters.


  • Age 33
  • Tour 1 year, 2 months
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Incident Date Monday, August 1, 1904
  • Weapon Handgun; Pistol
  • Offender Shot and killed


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Your heroism and service is honored today, the 107th anniversary of your death. 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 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 Loya
Mom of fallen California Officer Larry Lasater, Pittsburg PD, eow 4/24/05

December 20, 2011

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