Police Officer Francis Quinlan

Police Officer Francis Quinlan

Philadelphia Police Department, Pennsylvania

End of Watch Sunday, June 19, 1898

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Francis Quinlan

Police Officer Francis Quinlan suffered a fatal heart attack following a pursuit in the area of 13th Street and Lehigh Avenue.

He was sleeping at the police station, at the intersection of Park Avenue and Lee Avenue, when he was awakened at approximately 12:30 am and notified of a disturbance one half block away. He ran to the scene, and then chased one subject who fled on foot. He was able to arrest the man near Cambria Street and returned him to the police station where he placed him in a cell and then returned to the bunkroom to go back to sleep.

He failed to report to rollcall at 6:30 am and was it was discovered he had passed away in his sleep.

Officer Quinlan had served with the Philadelphia Police Department for eight years. He was survived by his wife and five children.


  • Age 38
  • Tour 8 years
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Heart attack

disturbance, foot pursuit

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Sometimes in this ever evolving world of our heroes get lost in the cloud and dust of the everyday "rat race" of trying to make a better world and life for our families. But know that those same heroes are never forgotten and that no passage of time can ever erase your service and the sacrifice you made. Rest in peace sir, you are always remembered!

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

June 19, 2020

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