Patrolman Joseph P. McBreen

Patrolman Joseph P. McBreen

New York City Police Department, New York

End of Watch Wednesday, August 11, 1937

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Joseph P. McBreen

Patrolman McBreen was killed while attempting to rescue 21 people, including a child from a six-family tenement on New Street (now Jersey Street, site of the Richmond Terrace Houses, New Brighton, Staten Island) that had been flooded by heavy rain. When Patrolman McBreen entered the building from a window, the building collapsed, killing Patrolman McBreen and 18 civilians.

Patrolman McBreen was a member of Emergency Services Squad #10, based on Staten Island. He was survived by his wife and three children.


  • Age 36
  • Tour Not available
  • Badge 16291

Incident Details

  • Cause Structure collapse

emergency response

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In Honor And Respect, Patrolman Joseph McBreen. YOU WERE A TRUE HERO... You Lost Your Life Trying To Save People... I Just Read What Had Happened To You Many Years Ago On Aug. 11, 1937. May You Rest In Eternal Peace, Sir... Blessings To Your Family...

Gail Mercado

October 15, 2021

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