Private John J. Downey

Private John J. Downey

Pennsylvania State Police, Pennsylvania

End of Watch Monday, August 22, 1927

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John J. Downey

Private John Downey was shot and killed while attempting to disperse a crowd of over 2,000 coal miners who were protesting the pending execution of a convicted criminal the following day.

When the troopers used tear gas, someone in the crowed opened fire, fatally wounding Private Downey.

Private Downey was a U.S. Navy veteran of WWI and had served with the Pennsylvania State Police for three years. He was survived by his mother.


  • Age 30
  • Tour 3 years, 2 months
  • Badge 2853
  • Military Veteran

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Gun; Unknown type
  • Offender Not available

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To fully appreciate the heroes of the present, we must recognize our heroes of the past. Your heroism and service is honored today, the 86th anniversary year of your death. I am priviliged to be among the first to leave a tribute to you. Your memory lives and you continue to inspire. Thank you for your service. My cherished son Larry Lasater was a fellow police officer who was murdered in the line of duty on April 24, 2005 while serving as a Pittsburg, CA police officer.

Time never diminishes respect. Your memory will always be honored and revered. Rest In Peace.

Phyllis Lasater Loya
mom of fallen Pittsburg Officer Larry Lasater, eow 4/24/05

March 25, 2013

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