Police Officer Matthew A. Kernan

Police Officer Matthew A. Kernan

Philadelphia Police Department, Pennsylvania

End of Watch Monday, February 9, 1920

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Matthew A. Kernan

Police Officer Matthew Kernan died as a result of developing a cold while directing traffic at Leigh High Avenue and Broad Street in Philadelphia.

He refused to leave his assignment despite a snowstorm. When he became ill, he was transported to Women's Homeopathic Hospital, where he died four days later.

Officer Kernan served with the Philadelphia Police Department for 10 and a half years and was survived by his wife, son, daughter, and two stepchildren. He was assigned to the 31st Police Station.


  • Age 32
  • Tour 10 years, 6 months
  • Badge 3136

Incident Details

  • Cause Duty related illness
  • Incident Date Thursday, February 5, 1920

foot patrol, weather, directing traffic

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