Patrolman Clifton Dwyer

Patrolman Clifton Dwyer

Teaneck Police Department, New Jersey

End of Watch Sunday, March 14, 1926

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Clifton Dwyer

Patrolman Clifton Dwyer was killed when his police motorcycle collided with a milk truck at the intersection of River Road and Tilden Street during a period of heavy fog in the early morning hours. Patrolman Dwyer's partner was seriously injured but survived.

Patrolman Dwyer was working the night shift with probationary officer Michael Cancro, riding a motorcycle with a sidecar. At the end of their shift, early in the morning of March 14, 1926, they decided to go to Cedar Lane in Teaneck to get coffee at a coffee wagon. The snow on the ground was melting, causing fog early in the morning that day. As they drove on River Road they did not see a horse-drawn milk wagon, parked on the east side of River Road. Patrolman Dwyer swerved and hit a whiffle tree on the other side of the milk wagon.

The milkman found Patrolman Dwyer lying injured in the snow and ran to a nearby home for help, finding Patrolman Cancro injured as well. The men were taken to Holy Name Hospital where Patrolman Dwyer died a couple of hours later. Patrolman Cancro survived but did not pursue a police career thereafter. He opened a restaurant and bar across from where the current police station is today in Teaneck.

Patrolman Dwyer had only served with the agency for one year. He was survived by his wife, 2-year-old son, brother, sister, and niece.


  • Age 26
  • Tour 1 year
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Motorcycle crash

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Your heroism and service is honored today, the 86th anniversary of your death. 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 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 Loya
Mom of fallen California Officer Larry Lasater, Pittsburg PD, eow 4/24/05

March 14, 2012

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