Patrolman Peter MacDonald

Patrolman Peter MacDonald

New York City Police Department, New York

End of Watch Friday, February 12, 1904

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Peter MacDonald

Patrolman Peter MacDonald was struck and killed by a train as he walked to his post.

Patrolman MacDonald was assigned to relieve a foot post at the New York Central railroad tracks. After relieving the post, Patrolman MacDonald began to walk north on the tracks. He pulled out his earmuffs and put them on as he got about 200 feet from the crossing. Patrolman MacDonald continued across the tracks and was struck by the Detroit Special train. He was thrown about fifty feet and killed instantly.

Patrolman MacDonald served with the New York City Police Department for 20 years. He was survived by his wife and five children.


  • Age 46
  • Tour 20 years
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Struck by train

foot patrol

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Patrolman MacDonald,
On today, the 120th anniversary of your death I would just like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice for the citizens of New York City.

BPA Mike Casey
United States Border Patrol(Retired)

February 12, 2024

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