Policeman Harry J. Donahue

Policeman Harry J. Donahue

Philadelphia Police Department, Pennsylvania

End of Watch Monday, February 19, 1934

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Harry J. Donahue

Policeman Harry Donahue was shot and killed in front of 1926 Brandywine Street by a man he was trying to arrest. The killer had been out of prison for only one month.

The suspect was convicted of Officer Donahue's murder and subsequently executed on July 3rd, 1935.

Policeman Donahue was a U.S. Army veteran of WWI. He was a Distinguished Service Cross and Purple Heart recipient. He served with the Philadelphia Police Department for 7½ years and was assigned to the 9th District. He was survived by his wife and two young children.


  • Age 42
  • Tour 7 years, 6 months
  • Badge 4271
  • Military Veteran

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Gun; Unknown type
  • Offender Executed in 1935


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Officer Donahue,
On today, the 90th anniversary of your death 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 with the U.S. Army as a member of the 1st Division-“The Big Red One” in Europe fighting the Germans during World War I.

BPA Mike Casey
United States Border Patrol(Retired)

February 19, 2024

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