Police Officer James William Finn

Police Officer James William Finn

St. Paul Police Department, Minnesota

End of Watch Tuesday, June 3, 1902

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James William Finn

Officer James Finn was killed when his horse fell at Lynhurst Avenue and University Avenue as he returned to the Prior Avenue substation.

He stopped at a watering trough where he saw an acquaintance and leaned slightly to talk to him. At the same time, his horse slipped on a smooth stone, and Officer Finn was thrown forward with the horse on top of him. He struck his head on the curb in the fall. The horse then rolled onto him as it struggled to get back up. Officer Finn was taken to Cobb Sanitarium but never regained consciousness and succumbed to the injuries the following afternoon.

Officer Finn had been with the St. Paul Police Department for eight years. He was survived by his wife and twelve children.

He is buried in Calvary Cemetery, St Paul, Minnesota.


  • Age 49
  • Tour 7 years
  • Badge 18

Incident Details

  • Cause Animal related
  • Incident Date Monday, June 2, 1902

mounted patrol

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Officer Finn,
On today, the 120th anniversary of your death I would just like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice for the citizens of St. Paul. And to your Family and loved ones, I wish to extend my deepest sympathy.


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June 3, 2022

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