Patrolman John B. Gearty

Patrolman John B. Gearty

Minneapolis Police Department, Minnesota

End of Watch Monday, July 10, 1939

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John B. Gearty

Patrolman Gearty suffered a fatal heart attack after being involved in an altercation when he responded to a fight call at Nicollet Avenue and Second Street. While trying to break up the fight he received blows to the head and chest. After returning to the station he complained of a headache and was taken to the hospital where he became unconscious. He had suffered a heart attack and died.
Patrolman Gearty had been with the agency for 12 years and was survived by his wife and two children.


  • Age Not available
  • Tour 12 years
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Heart attack

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This Officer was my Grandfather. His death left an empty hole in my mothers heart. He was attacked during the riots in Minneapolis and died as a result. My Grandmother, my Mother and her Brother are with him now and our family will always remember.

Margaret Anderson

November 21, 2016

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