Patrolman Joseph A. Nolan

Patrolman Joseph A. Nolan

New York City Police Department, New York

End of Watch Wednesday, June 26, 1918

Joseph A. Nolan

Patrolman Joseph Nolan was killed when he was hit in the head with a brick thrown from the roof of a building.

Patrolman Nolan was walking his beat when he heard gun shots in the vicinity of West 39th Street, between 10th and 11th Avenues in Manhattan. Patrolman Nolan stopped and questioned three men in front of 526 West 39th Street, and then released them.

While standing in front of the same location and talking with two other patrolmen about the shots he had heard, several bricks were thrown from the roof of the building. One of the bricks struck him in the head, killing him.

An investigation revealed that the brick was thrown from an apartment where a party was being held. Three men were arrested the following day. Two of them were charged with homicide while the tenant was charged with violating New York State's Sullivan Act after several weapons were found in his apartment.

Patrolman Nolan was assigned to the 22nd Precinct. He was survived by his wife and infant daughter.


  • Age 25
  • Tour 9 months
  • Badge 1526

Incident Details

  • Cause Assault
  • Weapon Blunt object; Brick
  • Offender Charged with murder

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Time may have passed but you are not forgotten. I believe as long as someone remembers you or speaks your name, you are still with us.
Thank you for your heroism.
GOD Bless

Detention Officer A.Zambito

June 26, 2015

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