Police Officer Michael J. Burns

Police Officer Michael J. Burns

Baltimore City Police Department, Maryland

End of Watch Monday, January 22, 1917

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Michael J. Burns

Police Officer Michael Burns was electrocuted while attempting to relight an electric street light in front of 4012 Park Heights Avenue.

A citizen flagged down Officer Burns, who was on bicycle patrol, and complained that the light was flashing. Officer Burns stood on his bike and attempted to relight the light by pulling on the chain, but the lamp exploded and threw him into the street. The lamp then fell into the street and Officer Burns became tangled in the live wires and was electrocuted.

Officer Burns had served with the Baltimore City Police Department for one year and was assigned to the Bicycle Squad in the Northeastern District. He was survived by his wife and four young children.


  • Age 28
  • Tour 1 year, 3 months
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Electrocuted

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Officer Burns,
On today, the 98th anniversary of your death I would just like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice for the citizens of Baltimore.


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January 22, 2015

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