Patrolman John Henry Gratton

Patrolman John Henry Gratton

New York City Police Department, New York

End of Watch Friday, December 9, 1932

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John Henry Gratton

Patrolman Gratton died of injuries he sustained the previous day when he was pursuing a vehicle.

Patrolman Gratton was on motorcycle patrol when he attempted to stop a vehicle. A pursuit ensued, and patrolman Gratton collided with another car at the corner of 63rd Street and West End Avenue, Manhattan. He was seriously injured and taken to Roosevelt hospital where he died eight days later from his injuries.

Patrolman Gratton was a U.S. Navy veteran who had served with the New York City Police Department for six years and was assigned to Motorcycle Squad 1. He was survived by his wife and child.


  • Age 30
  • Tour 6 years
  • Badge 15351
  • Military Veteran

Incident Details

  • Cause Vehicle pursuit
  • Incident Date Thursday, December 1, 1932
  • Weapon Automobile
  • Offender Not available

motorcycle, vehicle pursuit

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Patrolman Gratton,
On today, the 90th anniversary of your death I would just like say thank you for your service and sacrifice-not just for your Community but for our Country as well when you served with the U.S. Navy. And to your Family and loved ones, I wish to extend my deepest sympathy.

Fair Winds And Following Seas

United States Border Patrol

December 9, 2022

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