Town Marshal Paul Matthew Patrick

Town Marshal Paul Matthew Patrick

Atlantic Beach Police Department, Florida

End of Watch Monday, September 12, 1932

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Paul Matthew Patrick

Town Marshal Paul Patrick succumbed to injuries sustained two days earlier while attempting to escape from the burning Town Hall building in Atlantic Beach.

When the fire broke out, Marshal Patrick was in the rear of the building. Two men broke down the door to rescue him, but he had already suffered burns on the upper part of his body. Marshal Patrick was taken to St. Luke's Hospital, where he died from his burns.

Marshal Patrick was an Army veteran and had served as the Town Marshal for Atlantic Beach, Manhattan Beach, and Neptune Beach simultaneously for eight months. He was survived by his wife and four sons.


  • Age 44
  • Tour 8 months
  • Badge Not available
  • Military Veteran

Incident Details

  • Cause Fire
  • Incident Date Saturday, September 10, 1932


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The City of Atlantic Beach is deeply grateful for your service and sacrifice, and we are proud to recognize you, albeit it many decades later. You were "the man in the arena," braving all to defend the rule of law and to protect others. God bless you and your family.

In the words of Teddy Roosevelt:
"It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs, who comes short again and again, because there is no effort without error and shortcoming; but who does actually strive to do the deeds; who knows great enthusiasms, the great devotions; who spends himself in a worthy cause; who at the best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement, and who at the worst, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who neither know victory nor defeat."

Mayor Ellen Glasser
City of Atlantic Beach

May 4, 2022

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