Patrolman Eugene F. Scanlon, Sr.

Patrolman Eugene F. Scanlon, Sr.

Lawrence Police Department, Massachusetts

End of Watch Saturday, February 12, 1972

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Eugene F. Scanlon, Sr.

Patrolman Eugene Scanlon succumbed to injuries sustained two weeks earlier when he was attacked by a group of youths at the Central Catholic High School.

He was working an overtime assignment at the dance when he was informed of a disturbance in the parking lot. When he went to investigate he was jumped by several juveniles and severely beaten. He suffered a severe injury which caused his death 14 days later.

Patrolman Scanlon was a U.S. Army veteran of the Korean War. He was survived by his wife, two daughters, and two sons. Both of his sons also went on to serve with the Lawrence Police Department.


  • Age 42
  • Tour Not available
  • Badge 68

Incident Details

  • Cause Assault
  • Incident Date Friday, January 28, 1972
  • Weapon Person
  • Offender Not available

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Patrolman Scanlon, it's now been 48 years since the incident and your passing as a result. It's a disturbing disgrace what happened and where. We can only hope that those responsible faced true justice, if not in this world, then in the next.

God Bless, Brother and may your eternal rest be forever peaceful.

Ptl. Jim Leahy, Jr.
Harvard University Police Department

February 12, 2022

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