Captain John Barnes

Captain John Barnes

New York City Police Department, New York

End of Watch Tuesday, March 25, 1919

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John Barnes

Captain John Barnes suffered a fatal heart attack at the intersection of 5th Avenue and 57th Street while commanding his officers during a WWI victory parade that involved an estimated 26,000 soldiers and 3,000,000 spectators.

The high numbers of spectators resulted in numerous deaths and injuries along the parade route on Fifth Avenue as spectators defied police orders to stay in the viewing areas.

Captain Barnes collapsed during the event and died before arriving at Roosevelt Hospital.


  • Age 55
  • Tour Not available
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Heart attack

crowd control

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Rest In Peace Brother in Blue. You are honored and remembered on the 100th anniversary of your EOW.

Officer Mike Robinson (Ret.)
Upland Police Dept. CA

March 25, 2019

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