Patrolman Joseph T. Connor

Patrolman Joseph T. Connor

Quincy Police Department, Massachusetts

End of Watch Monday, December 25, 1922

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Joseph T. Connor

Patrolman Joseph Connor succumbed to rabies which he contracted when a rabid dog bit him.

He was on patrol near the Squantum section of the city when he responded to screaming he heard. Upon investigation, he found a large dog growling and barking at a young girl. As he pulled the dog away, it bit him in the arm. Patrolman Connor then shot and killed the dog. At the time of the incident, there was no cure for rabies. Patrolman Connor's health deteriorated for one week until he succumbed to the disease.

Patrolman Connor was a decorated combat veteran of WWI and had served with the Quincy Police Department for three years.


  • Age 30
  • Tour 3 years
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Duty related illness
  • Incident Date Monday, December 18, 1922

animal bite

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Patrolman O'Connor, it has been 101 years since you were taken from us. New England law enforcement has continued to thrive, learn and become safer due to the traditions and sacrifices you, your family, and many others have made for us. Thank you for your military and 3 years of law enforcement service.

Chief (Ret) Steven Marshall Georges Mills, NH

December 25, 2023

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