Sergeant John Joseph Shanahan

Sergeant John Joseph Shanahan

Revere Police Department, Massachusetts

End of Watch Monday, November 19, 1928

John Joseph Shanahan

Sergeant John Shanahan was struck and killed by a vehicle while directing traffic at the scene of an accident on the North Shore Road near the Lynn-Revere line.

He was taken to a hospital in Lynn where he died from his injuries the following day. The driver who struck him was convicted of manslaughter.

Sergeant Shanahan had served with the Revere Police Department for 25 years.


  • Age 54
  • Tour 25 years
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Struck by vehicle
  • Incident Date Sunday, November 18, 1928

accident scene, directing traffic

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Brother, you gave your life while trying to safeguard others at an accident. So many have been taken since doing the same thing. The job changed quite a bit in the time you spent doing it and I have no doubt, you adapted well. Your descendants are no doubt proud of you.

Sgt. Shanahan, you are a fallen HERO. God Bless and may you forever Rest in Peace.

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

January 29, 2018

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