Police Officer John M. Blake

Police Officer John M. Blake

Gloucester Police Department, Massachusetts

End of Watch Friday, August 25, 1876

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John M. Blake

Police Officer John Blake suffered a fatal heart attack at about 8:00 pm while rushing to the scene of a disturbance between two women approximately a half mile from the East Gloucester Square.

He was on foot patrol in the Square when he was alerted to the trouble. While en route he encountered two girls and told them he was feeling ill. He then attempted to reach his nearby home but collapsed in a grove of trees known as Sayward's Oaks. The girls he had encountered went to get help but by the time he was found he had passed away.


  • Age 60
  • Tour Not available
  • Badge 12

Incident Details

  • Cause Heart attack

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And now 140 years have passed. So much has changed and yet, the life of a Police Officer is still valued by some. Your life was valued by many then, and many even now, so many years later.

God Bless, Brother.

Ptl. Jim Leahy, Jr.
Harvard University Police Dept.

August 25, 2016

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