Patrolman Paul David Murphy

Patrolman Paul David Murphy

Plymouth Police Department, Massachusetts

End of Watch Thursday, January 28, 1965

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Paul David Murphy

Patrolman Paul Murphy was found unconscious at the base of a flight of ice-covered steps.

He died a short time later at a Boston hospital.

Patrolman Murphy was survived by his wife and two children.


  • Age 36
  • Tour 2 years
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Fall

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It's winter and though this winter has, so far, been mild and snow free, we still have February to get through and even March. Each and every time any of us step out on an icy night we run the risk of injury or, as shown by your sacrifice, potential death. This may be true for everyone in a cold climate, but we don't always have the luxury of being able to inch along on the ice. We may be forced to jump and move as quickly as we can to help someone in need or attempt to catch a bad guy.

No matter the reason for you slipping, you were at a greater risk than the average joe citizen. You made a sacrifice 52 years ago today. I thank you for your service and God Bless you, Brother.

Ptl. Jim Leahy, Jr.
Harvard University Police Dept.

January 28, 2017

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