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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I have never met Joseph Doane, but can clearlt see what a hero he was! MyDad Leslie Doane may have heard of him, or perhaps knew him, Dad was a marine from Lynn Mass. Strong blood runs in this family line!

Laurie Doane
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August 24, 2014

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