Patrolman Joseph Howard Doane

Patrolman Joseph Howard Doane

Swampscott Police Department, Massachusetts

End of Watch Monday, August 18, 1952

Joseph Howard Doane

Patrolman Joseph Doane was assaulted and killed while on patrol. He was assaulted while trying to break up a fight at the New Ocean House hotel. He was kicked and suffered a ruptured spleen.

Patrolman Doane was a U.S. Navy veteran of WWII and had served with the Swampscott Police Department for eight years. He was survived by his wife and two children.

Doane Bridge, which carries the Danvers Road across the railroad tracks from Essex Street, was named in his memory.


  • Age 36
  • Tour 8 years
  • Badge Not available
  • Military Veteran

Incident Details

  • Cause Assault
  • Weapon Person
  • Offender Not available

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Patrolman Doane, It's not 66 years since your passing. Nothing is said here of the person who fatally injured you, but I can only hope that person faced true justice if not in this life, then in the next. That justice could include feeling regret and remorse for the rest of their days in knowing what their actions caused, and turning their life around.

But I'll probably never know.

Brother, thank you for all your service to this nation. God Bless you and may your eternal rest be ever peaceful.

Ptl. Jim Leahy, Jr.
Harvard University Police Department

August 18, 2018

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