Family, Friends & Fellow Officers Remember...

Patrolman Ernest F. McCarron

New York City Police Department, New York

End of Watch Sunday, January 7, 1934

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Reflections for Patrolman Ernest F. McCarron

My father Ernest McGlone was named for his uncle Patrolman Ernest McCarron. My father spoke fondly about his uncles’s bravery .

Kelly McGlone
Grand niece

January 9, 2024

Patrolman McCarron,
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 New York City. And to your Family and loved ones, I wish to extend my deepest sympathy.

BPA Mike Casey
United States Border Patrol(Retired)

January 7, 2024

Rest in peace Patrolman McCarron.

Rabbi Lewis S. Davis

March 10, 2020

Quite a story of unparalleled bravery. That little girl must have been so comforted by your efforts that fateful day. Thanks for honoring our profession. It is so gratifying to know that you inspired future generations of your family to honorably follow in your footsteps.

Jim Lopey, Asst. Sheriff (Ret)
Washoe County Sheriff (Reno) and NVDPS

January 7, 2020

Rest in peace hero.

Lt. Jim Russo

January 7, 2018

Though it was at a horrifically horrible price, one can only imagine the comfort you, Officer McCarron, provided this frightened child in her final moments of life on this earth. In her unimaginable terror, she knew someone cared, someone had come to her and that she was not alone. You are the embodiment of the testimonial that "It is not how an officer dies that makes him or her a hero, but rather how they lived". Thanks for your fidelity to the ideals of our profession - and your fidelity to a 9 year old girl. Rest in peace.

NC Officer

January 7, 2017

Ernst McCarron was also an inspiration to my brother, Tom McGlone, who joined the NYPD and rose to the rank of Deputy Inspector. Uncle Ernst died before I was born, but was a presence in our home as his memory was preserved by my mother - Ernst's sister - our grandmother, and, of course, Tom.

Mary McClean
April 19, 2014

Mary McClean

April 19, 2014

Ernest McCarron was my great uncle. His unselfish bravery inspired his nephews, who became police and firemen, and inspired my cousin Joseph McGlone (above) to become a NYC police officer. That sense of service to humanity, instilled by his faith in God, is present in our family to this day, as I also served my community as a federal prosecutor. This January 7, 2014 will be the 80th anniversary of his death, and we in NYC are still talking about his great act of humanity in trying to save that little girl these 80 yrs later. I would love to have the Department send me a copy of his photo, and any articles about him. Sincerely, Kristan Peters-Hamlin

Kristan Peters-Hamlin

December 9, 2013

Your heroism and service is honored today, the 78th anniversary of your death. 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 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.

Even though your efforts to save the child were futile, your attempt also meant she did not die alone but instead being sheltered by a protector. I am sure you are proud that your family continued your legacy of protecting and serving.

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

January 7, 2012

I said a little prayer today for Patrolman McCarron and his family. He may be gone but never forgotten. He died a New York hero.


January 7, 2009



January 1, 2008

Ptl. McCarron kept that little girl from being alone. What a great man he was and what an example we all should try to be.

May 10, 2007

One of the most courageous acts I have ever read on this site. Patrolman McCarron, you are a true hero who "laid down his life rather than swerve from the path of duty". Rest in Peace.

Connecticut State Police

January 11, 2007

Judgment Day for a NYC Patrolman

.....Author Unknown

The Patrolman stood and faced his God,
Which must always come to pass.
He hoped his shoes were shining.
Just as brightly as his brass.

"Step forward now, Patrolman.
How shall I deal with you?
Have you always turned the other cheek?
To my Church have you been true?"

The Patrolman squared his shoulders and said,
"No, Lord I guess I ain't,
Because those of us who carry badges
Can't always be a Saint.

I've had to work most Sundays,
And at times my work was rough,
and sometimes I've been violent,
Because the streets are awfully tough.

But I never took a penny,
That wasn't mine to keep,
I worked a lot of overtime
When the bills just got too steep.

And I never passed a cry for help,
Though at times I shook with fear.
And sometimes, God forgive me,
I've wept unmanly tears.

I know I don't deserve a place
among the people here.
They never wanted me around
Except to calm their fear.

If you've a place for me here, Lord
It needn't be so grand.
I never expected or had too much,
But if you don't, I'll understand."

There was silence all around the Throne
Where the Saints had often trod.
As the Patrolman waited quietly,
For the judgment of his God.

"Step forward now, Patrolman,
You've borne your burdens well.
Come walk a beat on Heaven's streets,
You've done your time in Hell."

Sgt. E. Chaves
Broward County Sheriff's Office

December 24, 2006

While looking through old Spring3100 magazines in the 1990's,I came across the story of Ptl. McCarron. The story of Ptl. McCarron peaked my interest because it occured around the block from my house. I later obtained Ernie's photograph from the Department and keep his photo in my home. An elderly Aunt(now deceased) of one of my friends remembered Officer McCarron from the school crossing at nearby Our Lady of Perpetual Help School. He was a popular officer and was known as "Smiling" Officer McCarron. I gave a copy of his photo to the 68 Pct and they now have a memorial wall in which Ernie is included.
All these years later we still remember your sacrifice Ernie. Rest in Peace.

Retired Lieutenant Tommy Barnes

August 26, 2006

Patrolman Ernest McCarron was my father's uncle on his mother's (my grandmother)side of the family. My uncles Eddie McGlone & Tom McGlone both joined the NYPD. Uncle Ed transferred to FDNY & Uncle Tom rose to rank of Captain before both retired & still collecting pensions( God Bless Them). Both were inspired by their Uncle's Ernie's bravery. When I jioned the NYPD, my uncle Tom sent me all the newspaper clippings & Spring 3100 articles about Ernest McCarron. I always knew the basic story, that my father uncle died in the line of duty running into a fire to save a little girl, but when I got the articles I was stunned. First off I would like to correct the story, according to the articles I have, Patrolman McCarron did find the girl but could not get out. All the articles state that they were found together, in fact a poem in Spring 3100 speaks to the comfort he gave the girl inspite of being unable to save her. He was the first ever to have both the Police & Fire commissioners attend his funneral. As to being stunned, I read the articles and was shocked to learn that Ernest McCarron died on January 7th, my birthday. Even more shocking was the fact that it was one day b/f his 30th birthday January 8th, 1934. Needless to say I have always been honored to a small part of Patrolman McCarron' family. Sgt Joseph McGlone

SGT Joseph P. McGlone

August 6, 2006

Rest in Peace Patrolman McCarron. Your valor will not be forgotten.

Auxiliary Police Officer Charles Smith
New York City Police Department- Auxiliary Police Section

January 23, 2005

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