Police Officer Joseph P. McGovern

Police Officer Joseph P. McGovern

St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department, Missouri

End of Watch Sunday, November 11, 1928

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Joseph P. McGovern

Police Officer Joseph McGovern was struck and killed in a chain reaction accident started by a drunk driver.

The drunk driver struck a vehicle at the intersection of Arsenal Street and Iowa Street, which then struck Officer McGovern. The drunk driver was arrested and charged with manslaughter.

Officer McGovern had been with the agency for 21 years and was survived by his wife and nine children.


  • Age Not available
  • Tour 21 years
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Vehicular assault
  • Weapon Automobile; Alcohol involved
  • Offender Charged with manslaughter

drunk driver

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Officer McGovern,
On today, the 90th anniversary of your death I would just like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice for the citizens of St. Louis. And to your Family and loved ones, I wish to extend my deepest sympathy.


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November 11, 2018

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