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Patrolman Joseph Howard Doane

Swampscott Police Department, Massachusetts

End of Watch Monday, August 18, 1952

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Reflections for Patrolman Joseph Howard Doane

Officer Doane, it has been 71 years since you were taken from us. New England law enforcement has continued to thrive, learn and become safer due to the traditions and sacrifices you, your family, and many others have made for us. Thank you for your military and law enforcement service.

Chief (Ret) Steven Marshall
Georges Mills, NH

August 18, 2023

Always in our thoughts and prayers. God bless brother

Detective Ted Delano
Swampscott PD

May 19, 2023

Thank you for your service and rest in peace always knowing that your sacrifice will never, ever be forgotten by your law enforcement brethren.

Detective Cpl/3 Steven Rizzo
Delaware State Police (Retired)

August 18, 2020

Rest in peace Patrolman Doane.

Rabbi Lewis S. Davis

August 18, 2019

Officer Doane, now it's 67 years. God Bless.

Ptl. Jim Leahy, Jr.
Harvard University Police Department

August 18, 2019

Patrolman Doane, It's not 66 years since your passing. Nothing is said here of the person who fatally injured you, but I can only hope that person faced true justice if not in this life, then in the next. That justice could include feeling regret and remorse for the rest of their days in knowing what their actions caused, and turning their life around.

But I'll probably never know.

Brother, thank you for all your service to this nation. God Bless you and may your eternal rest be ever peaceful.

Ptl. Jim Leahy, Jr.
Harvard University Police Department

August 18, 2018

I have never met Joseph Doane, but can clearlt see what a hero he was! MyDad Leslie Doane may have heard of him, or perhaps knew him, Dad was a marine from Lynn Mass. Strong blood runs in this family line!

Laurie Doane
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August 24, 2014

To fully appreciate the heroes of the present, we must recognize our heroes of the past. Your heroism and service is honored today, the 61rst anniversary year of your death. I am priviliged to be among the first to leave a tribute to you. Your memory lives and you continue to inspire. Thank you for your service. My cherished son Larry Lasater was a fellow police officer who was murdered in the line of duty on April 24, 2005 while serving as a Pittsburg, CA police officer.

Time never diminishes respect. Your memory will always be honored and revered. Rest In Peace

Phyllis Loya
Mom of fallen California Officer Larry Lasater, Pittsburg PD, eow 4/24/05

February 25, 2013

Never knew you Sir but knew your children and wanted after all these years to say Thank You

Swampscott resident

September 27, 2011

You are not forgotten.


January 11, 2009

Ptl. Doane, today marks the 56th anniversary of your brutal murder. I commend the Town of Swampscott for naming a street for you. Nothing can bring you back, but I’m glad they memorialized you, not for your sake, but for those who were left behind. Thank you for your service to the Commonwealth.

God Bless and may you continue to Rest in Peace, Brother.

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

August 18, 2008

On the 56th anniversary of Patrolman Doane's death, we honored his service in our patrol briefing by reading his entry from ODMP. Each day, we honor one fallen officer on the anniversary of their death so as to keep them in our thoughts, and also to remind us of the dangers inherent in our job. Patrolman Doane is not forgotten.

Agent Zach Perron
Palo Alto (CA) Police Department

August 18, 2008

Patrolman Doane,
On today, the 55th anniversary of your murder, I would like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice for the citizens of Swampscott. And to your family and loved ones, I wish to extend my deepest sympathy.



August 18, 2007

I had never met my great grandfather but i have been told that he was a real hero. He was killed inthe line of duty doing what he loved

Chris Girard
Great Grandchild

May 13, 2007

Officer Doane I know little about you however, I know that you gave your life for us. For that I am grateful and sad. Your Brother in Blue.

Sr. Trooper Keith Miller
Oregon State Police

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