Patrolman John M. Donnelly

Patrolman John M. Donnelly

Springfield Police Department, Ohio

End of Watch Tuesday, July 14, 1931

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John M. Donnelly

Patrolman Donnelly was killed in an automobile accident, at the intersection of Limestone Street and Main Street, while riding on the running board of a commandeered vehicle.

Patrolman Donnelly was on traffic duty at a nearby intersection when he observed a vehicle that had been stolen earlier in the day. Unbeknownst to him, the vehicle had already been recovered and was being driven by the owner. As a result, he commandeered a utility company truck and followed the vehicle. The vehicle he was riding on was involved in a collision causing him to be thrown from the vehicle, and then struck by another vehicle. He was transported to City Hospital where he died a short time later.

Patrolman Donnelly had served with the agency for a total of 6 years, during two different appointments. He was survived by his wife and brother, who was also a member of the agency. He was buried in Calvary Cemetery.


  • Age 38
  • Tour 6 years
  • Badge 59

Incident Details

  • Cause Automobile crash

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Thank you for your service and please know that your sacrifice will never, ever be forgotten. Rest in peace always.

Detective Cpl/3 Steven Rizzo
Delaware State Police (Retired)

July 14, 2020

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