Family, Friends & Fellow Officers Remember...

Patrolman Francis McDermott

Methuen Police Department, Massachusetts

End of Watch Saturday, August 8, 1908

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Reflections for Patrolman Francis McDermott

While your assailants may have never faced justice here on earth, they surely faced a much higher justice elsewhere at alter time. Rest in peace always knowing that no passage of time will ever erase your memory, service and sacrifice.

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

August 8, 2020

According to the autopsy reports, as noted in the Boston Globe, the officers died from gunfire. The report noted that Patrolman McDermott was shot three times in addition to being beaten.

Paul Gustafson
Great-great grandson

December 4, 2018

These officers died from a physical assault not gunfire. The rememberance on the Methuen Police Facebook page reflects this fact. News reports from the time also mention beating as the cause of death.

Mark Tinto

August 13, 2018

Now, 110 years have passed since you were murdered. Neither you, nor your sacrifice have been forgotten and your sacrifice is honored here.

God Bless you Brother and may you remain at rest in Heaven.

Ptl Jim Leahy, Jr.
Harvard University Police Department

August 8, 2018

Fallen officer was 49 years old and is buried in Immaculate Conception Cemetery, Lawrence, Essex County Mass. Note: in the summer of 1921 a bulgary suspect was arrested in Mass who had a slain Methuen Police Badge in his possesion

t. fazzini

October 6, 2017

Your heroism and service is honored today, the 104th 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 murdered in the line of duty on April 24, 2005 while serving as a Pittsburg, CA police officer.

Rest In Peace

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

August 8, 2012

Thank you for your heroism and service Sir, RIP.

James Kotke
Civilian / Former Officer
WSF Park Police (Wi.)

August 8, 2012

Patrolman McDermott
, it’s hard to believe that you were in all likelihood murdered over hay. How low some people are astonishes me sometimes. Thank you for your efforts on behalf of the people of Methuen and the Commonwealth as a whole. Where ever your killers ended up, I hope they faced true justice.

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

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

June 19, 2010

Patrolman McDermott,
On today, the 100th anniversary of your death I would just like to say thank you to you and your partner for your service and sacrifice for the citizens of Methuen.



August 8, 2008

God knows who's responsible, and He will hold them accountable. Justice will be served....... Thank you for your sacrifice. You'll never be forgotten.......... Rest in peace.

Taryn Walters Ontiveros

September 18, 2003

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