Patrolman James Dowling

Patrolman James Dowling

New York City Police Department, New York

End of Watch Tuesday, December 24, 1935

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James Dowling

Patrolman James Dowling was struck and killed by a vehicle while on his post.

Patrolman Dowling was walking his post on 1st Avenue near 119th Street when he was struck and killed by a delivery truck. The driver fled the scene but turned himself in later that night.

Patrolman Dowling had served with the New York City Police Department for 31 and a half years, assigned to the 25th Precinct. He was survived by his wife, Anne, and his sons, James Jr., William, Harry and George.


  • Age 61
  • Tour 31 years, 6 months
  • Badge 2538

Incident Details

  • Cause Struck by vehicle

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I am so touched and honored by the responses for Patrolman Dowling. This is the first time I have seen all of these incredible comments. My maternal grandmother was with the son of Patrolman James Dowling for over 50 years (also named James, as was his son) Patrolman Dowling was a great grandfather to me though I never met him. I heard the stories of Patrolman James throughout my life. When I joined NYPD in 1987, my CO at the time, DI Sheehan, made sure I was able to get his shield and wore it proudly until I retired in 2001. He also helped to get him added to the wall before we both retired, since Patrolman Dowling died while wearing our uniform. Thank you DI Sheehan for this lasting memory our family will have for generations to come.

For all of you who have commented on this reflection and prayed for our beloved great grandfather, James Dowling, our family can't thank you enough. You will always be in our heart. Forever be safe and be well.

Police Officer Leslie Cardona (Ret) NYPD
Great granddaughter of Patrolman Dowling

August 19, 2017

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