Patrolman John J. Rhatigan

Patrolman John J. Rhatigan

New York City Police Department, New York

End of Watch Wednesday, January 22, 1908

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John J. Rhatigan

Patrolman John Rhatigan succumbed to injuries sustained two days earlier when he was thrown from his horse while patrolling Ocean Parkway in Brooklyn.

He suffered a skull fracture when he was thrown against a tree at the intersection of Ocean Parkway and Webster Avenue. He was taken to Kings County Hospital where he remained until succumbing to his injuries.

The horse he was riding was considered a "bad" horse and had previously thrown and injured two other officers. One week after Patrolman Rhatigan's death the horse dragged a police lieutenant for one mile, causing severe injuries.

Patrolman Rhatigan was a U.S. Army veteran and one of the Rough Riders in the Spanish-American War. He had served with the NYPD for four years. He was survived by his wife and four children.


  • Age 32
  • Tour 4 years
  • Badge Not available
  • Military Veteran

Incident Details

  • Cause Animal related
  • Incident Date Monday, January 20, 1908

mounted patrol

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Patrolman Rhatigan,
On today, the 116th anniversary of your death I would just like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice-not just for your Community but for our Country as well when you served with the U.S. Army during the Spanish-American War.

BPA Mike Casey
United States Border Patrol(Retired)

January 22, 2024

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