Police Officer John James Burns

Police Officer John James Burns

Rahway Police Department, New Jersey

End of Watch Friday, January 8, 1971

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John James Burns

Police Officer John Burns was struck and killed by a train.

He was attempting to arrest a suspect for narcotics possession and was pursuing the suspect on foot when he was struck and killed by a Penn Central Railroad train on the tracks near the Poplar Street overpass.

Officer Burns had served with the Rahway Police Department for only six months. He is survived by his wife and two daughters.


  • Age 27
  • Tour 6 months
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Struck by train

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Officer Burns,
On today, the 50th anniversary of your death I would just like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice for the citizens of Rahway. And to your Family and loved ones, I wish to extend my deepest sympathy.


United States Border Patrol

January 8, 2021

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