Special Officer David B. Burns

Special Officer David B. Burns

Pawtucket Police Department, Rhode Island

End of Watch Tuesday, August 18, 1925

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David B. Burns

Special Officer David Burns drowned while attempting to rescue a child who was thrown into Narragansett Bay when the boiler on the excursion ship Mackinac exploded.

The owner of the ship had invited Officer Burns and other officers on board just prior to the explosion. Fifty-three people were killed as a result of the accident.

Officer Burns was a British Army veteran of WWI. He was survived by his wife and three children.


  • Age 33
  • Tour Not available
  • Badge Not available
  • Military Veteran

Incident Details

  • Cause Drowned

water rescue

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On this 95th anniversary of your incredibly heroic actions we say thank you for your service and rest in peace always knowing that your sacrifice will never, ever be forgotten by your law enforcement brethren.

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

August 18, 2020

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