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 he was bitten by a rabid dog. 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 the time of the incident there was not a 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 agency for three years.


  • Age 30
  • Tour 3 years
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

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

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Patrolman O'Connor,
Sir, even though it has been 91 years since your End of Wàtch you are still honored and remembered. 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 during WW I.


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December 26, 2013

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