Patrolman Joseph J. Heffernan

Patrolman Joseph J. Heffernan

Louisville Police Department, Kentucky

End of Watch Sunday, August 14, 1898

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Joseph J. Heffernan

Patrolman Joseph Heffernan succumbed to a gunshot wound to the liver received two days earlier while attempting to arrest two burglars on 21st Street near Rowan Street. Patrolman Heffernan and his partner spotted two men who were getting ready to burglarized a business when both men shot at both officers.

The suspect was shot and killed by police in Owensboro on October 9th, 1898.

Patrolman Heffernan had been with the Louisville Police Department for four years.


  • Age 44
  • Tour 4 years
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Incident Date Friday, August 12, 1898
  • Weapon Gun; Unknown type
  • Offender Shot and killed


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Patrolman Heffernan,
On today, the 125th anniversary of your death I would just like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice for the citizens of Louisville.


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August 14, 2023

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