Lieutenant Edward F. McDermott

Lieutenant Edward F. McDermott

Miami Police Department, Florida

End of Watch Sunday, May 18, 1980

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Edward F. McDermott

Lieutenant Edward McDermott suffered a fatal heart attack while assigned a communications command post at the onset of the 1980 Miami Riots.

He was leading a caravan of National Guardsmen along South Dixie Highway when he collapsed in the area of SW 17th Avenue.

Lieutenant McDermott was a U.S. Air Force veteran and had served with the Miami Police Department for 24 years. He is survived by two children and two grandchildren.


  • Age 48
  • Tour 24 years
  • Badge Not available
  • Military Veteran

Incident Details

  • Cause Heart attack

civil unrest

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Rest in peace Lt. McDermott.

Rabbi Lewis S. Davis

May 18, 2021

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