Reserve Sergeant Daniel B. Clinton

Reserve Sergeant Daniel B. Clinton

Philadelphia Police Department, Pennsylvania

End of Watch Thursday, April 22, 1909

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Daniel B. Clinton

Reserve Sergeant Daniel Clinton suffered a fatal heart attack while he and other officers struggled with three U.S. Navy sailors who were acting disorderly at Delaware Avenue (modern day Christopher Columbus Boulevard) and Market Street.

Sergeant Clinton had witnessed the sailors exit a hotel and begin to act disorderly in front of it. At the same time the proprietor of the hotel made a complaint against them to Sergeant Clinton. As Sergeant Clinton asked the sailors to move along he was attacked by them and knocked to the ground.

He was able to blow on his whistle, summoning assistance from three other officers who were in the area. All four officers attempted to arrest the sailors and were nearly overpowered by them because of their strength. Sergeant Clinton had managed to assist the officers in arresting three of the sailors. While the officers were placing the three sailors into a patrol wagon Sergeant Clinton was attacked from behind by a fourth sailor who then fled on foot from the area, with Sergeant Clinton in pursuit.

Sergeant Clinton suffered a fatal heart attack while pursuing the fourth sailor. He was rushed to Pennsylvania Hospital where he was declared dead.

All three sailors belonged to the USRC Onandaga. They were arrested and charged with aggravated assault and battery.

Reserve Sergeant Clinton served with the Philadelphia Police Department for 19 years. He was survived by his wife, and two sons.


  • Age 57
  • Tour 19 years
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Heart attack
  • Weapon Person
  • Offender Charged with assault

disorderly, foot pursuit

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Thank you for your service and please know that no passage of time can ever erase your sacrifice. Rest in peace always.

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

April 22, 2021

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