Patrolman John J. Scanlon

Patrolman John J. Scanlon

Pittsburgh Bureau of Police, Pennsylvania

End of Watch Saturday, August 21, 1937

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John J. Scanlon

Patrolman John Scanlon succumbed to injuries sustained five months earlier while riding in a patrol wagon.

The wagon stopped suddenly and Patrolman Scanlon was thrown from the rear of the vehicle to the front, and suffered severe internal injuries. He remained in the hospital for two months before being released. He returned to the hospital on August 20, 1937, after suffering severe pain and died the following day as the result of severe hemorrhaging.

Patrolman Scanlon had served with the Pittsburgh Police Department for 15 years. He was survived by his wife, daughter, father, sister, and two brothers. Both his brothers also served with the Pittsburgh Police Department.

Patrolman Scanlon's cousin, Patrolman Daniel Conley, was shot and killed in the line of duty on December 30, 1922.


  • Age 40
  • Tour 16 years, 4 months
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Automobile crash
  • Incident Date Wednesday, March 24, 1937

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Rest in peace always knowing that your service and sacrifice will never, ever be forgotten by your law enforcement brethren.

Detective Cpl/3 Steven Rizzo
Delaware State Police (Retired)

August 21, 2020

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