Police Officer John J. Bracken

Police Officer John J. Bracken

Jersey City Police Department, New Jersey

End of Watch Wednesday, September 12, 1973

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John J. Bracken

Police Officer John Bracken succumbed to injuries sustained 12 days earlier when his police motorcycle was struck by a vehicle, driven by a drunk driver, while he was on patrol.

Officer Bracken was a U.S. Army veteran and had served with the Jersey City Police Department for two years. He is survived by his wife and two children.


  • Age 27
  • Tour 2 years
  • Badge Not available
  • Military Veteran

Incident Details

  • Cause Motorcycle crash
  • Incident Date Saturday, September 1, 1973

drunk driver

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It's now been 45 years since you tragically passed away due to the motorcycle accident. I find is especially tragic that you passed away on the same day as Officer Buonocore was murdered. What a horrible blow for the Jersey City Police Department. To lose two fine and dedicated Police Officers on the same day must have been overwhelming for your Brothers and Sisters on the job.

I'm so very pleased to see that your family has left reflections. So long as they keep you in their hearts and minds, you're never truly gone from them.

Officer Bracken, God Bless you and may your eternal rest be and always remain peaceful.

Ptl. Jim Leahy, Jr.
Harvard University Police Department

September 12, 2018

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