Patrolman Thomas J. Fitzpatrick

Patrolman Thomas J. Fitzpatrick

New York City Police Department, New York

End of Watch Thursday, January 31, 1901

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Thomas J. Fitzpatrick

Patrolmen Thomas Fitzpatrick and Edward Mullen were killed when they attempted to rescue a man trapped in the basement of a burning building.

Earlier in the day, there had been an explosion in the same building, and five hours later, a fire started at the location.

Patrolmen Mullin and Fitzpatrick responded and made several trips into the building and rescued several people. On their last trip into the building, they were informed of a man trapped in the basement. When they arrived in the basement, the building collapsed, and both patrolmen were burned to death before they could be rescued.

Patrolman Fitzpatrick had served with the East 35th Street Station. He was survived by his wife and brother.


  • Age 30
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Incident Details

  • Cause Fire

fire, rescue

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On this 120th anniversary of your incredibly heroic death please know that no passage of time can ever erase your service and courageous sacrifice. Rest in peace always.

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

January 31, 2021

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