Police Officer James M. McDade

Police Officer James M. McDade

Chester City Police Department, Pennsylvania

End of Watch Tuesday, December 1, 1903

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James M. McDade

Police Officer James McDade succumbed to a gunshot wound sustained on February 19th, 1885, when he and another officer interrupted a burglary in progress.

The officers heard sounds coming from the rear of a coal company near the intersection of Sixth Street and Madison Street. Believing thieves were stealing coal from the chutes along the railroad tracks, the officers started walking around the building. They surprised two subjects who were attempting to pry open the shutters of the building.

Officer McDade's partner attempted to grab one of the men but was struck in the face by a blunt object and dazed. Officer McDade started pursuing the other subject, who then opened fire with a revolver, striking him in the thigh. A third officer heard the shots and came to their assistance. He carried both officers across the street where they were tended to by a doctor.

Doctors were unable to remove the bullet from Officer McDade's leg. His condition worsened and he died on December 1st, 1903, from complications of the original wound.

Officer McDade had served with the Chester Police Department for five years. He was survived by his wife and two daughters.


  • Age 50
  • Tour 5 years
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Incident Date Thursday, February 19, 1885
  • Weapon Handgun
  • Offender Not available


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On this actual 117th anniversary of your heroic and untimely death, I’d like to reiterate my previous reflection and say that your service and sacrifice are always remembered by your fellow law enforcement. Rest in peace always.

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

December 1, 2020

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