Family, Friends & Fellow Officers Remember...

Patrolman Dennis J. McInerney

New Orleans Police Department, Louisiana

End of Watch Tuesday, February 26, 1974

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Reflections for Patrolman Dennis J. McInerney

My husband and I where driving down St. Claude? 50 years ago when we witnessed this tragic event. It was my first Mardi Gras and my last. I was a young nurse and my husband was a radiology technician so we stopped to see if we could assist the officer down. His partner was shot in the leg, and Patrolman McInerney was leaning across the patrol car returning fire when he was shot. Heart- breaking memory that continues to haunt us each Mardi Gras!

Junie Louise Dill

January 26, 2022

I was working in Central Lockup the night you and John were shot, and I have never forgotten that Mardi Gras night. Through the years serving on the NOPD, and beyond, I remembered your name, and others that gave the ultimate sacrifice serving others. R.I.P my brother, and you will never be forgotten by myself, and many others.

Patrolman Tony LaRosa
New Orleans Police Department

June 22, 2021

Rest in peace Patrolman McInerney.

Rabbi Lewis S. Davis

February 26, 2021

My brother in law,gone but never forgotten.Rest in peace in God's loving arms.,Mac

Susan Entwisle
Sister in law

March 17, 2017

thank you all for your kind words about my husband. its been a long time but the sorrow never leaves. I did my best but my sons had to grow up without their dad and that hurts my heart. I pray for all our officers but there were many other familys whose lives were forever scarred. I pray the Lord keeps you all safe.

joann mcinerney

May 22, 2016

I was in car 506 with Conrad Baker. I had to guard the perpetrator all night in Charity Hospital as he was shot by Dennis' partner in the shin.

Ptn. Frank Beckendorf

May 5, 2015

I worked with Dennis in the 5 th district and was involved with the hunt for his killer. Dennis was working with John Tobin at the time he was also shot but survived. They were both great men. I rode with both of them a few times. Stanley Clark. [email protected]

stanley Clark
worked with Dennis

June 16, 2014

Your heroism and service is honored today, the 28th 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.

Time never diminishes respect and you will always be honored and revered.

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

February 26, 2012

Thanks for your 7 years of services, Dennis.


February 25, 2012

i really do appreciate the messages i read here. i'm new on the computer and never knew this was on till today. thank you all for remembering. may god bless you. ms. joann 7-12-11

joann mcinerney

July 12, 2011

You are not forgotten.

Sergeant Scott Monaco
New Orleans Police Department

February 28, 2011

As my career's end is coming closer, I decided to check and find those who had lost their lives during the year that I was hired. While it's been a long time since your passing, I'm sure those you left behind and those whom with you served with distinction have kept you alive in their memories. Thank you for your service and for looking out for us who continue in our chosen profession. Rest in peace Patrolman McInerney!

Sgt. Robert Mau, Sr.
PD Joliet IL

December 16, 2008



February 20, 2008

The Badge"
He starts his shift each day
To respond to calls unknown.
He drives a marked patrol car.
A police officer he is known.
He's paid by the citizens' taxes
To make it safe on the streets.
But he usually has a second job
'Cause a waitress has his salary beat.
Now he doesn't know a holiday
'Cause he works all year round.
And when Thanksgiving and Christmas finally arrive
At his home he cannot be found.
He's cursed and assaulted often,
The one whos blood runs blue.
He seldom ever gets a thanks,
To some he's just a fool.
His friends are always other cops
'Cause people just don't understand
That underneath his badge and gun,
He's just another man.
He knows there might not be a tomorrow
In this world of drugs and crime.
And he gets so mad at the court system
'Cause the crooks don't get any time.
And each day when he leaves for work,
He prays to God above.
Please bring me home after my shift
So I can see the ones I love.
But tonight he stops a speeding car,
He's alone down this ole' highway.
It's just a little traffic infraction.
He does it everyday.
Well, he walks up to the driver's window,
And his badge is shining bright.
He asked the guy for a driver's license,
When a shot rang through the night.
Yes, the bullet hit its mark,
Striking the officer in the chest.
But the Department's budget didn't buy
Each officer a bullet-proof vest.
So he lay on the ground bleeding.
His blood wasn't blue - His blood was red.
And briefly he thought of his loved ones
'Cause in a moment the officer was dead.
In the news they told the story
Of how this officer had died.
And some who listened cared less,
But those who loved him cried.
Well, they buried him in uniform
With his badge pinned on his chest.
He even had his revolver,
He died doing his best.
Written By:
David L. Bell
Richland County Sheriff's Department
Columbia, South Carolina
Used with Special Permission of the Author
Copyright © 1999 - All Rights Reserved
and may not be duplicated without permission

Investigator David L Bell
Richland County Sheriff's Dept., Columbia, SC

November 1, 2007

I worked at Vidalia Police Dept during hurricane Katrina. We had a free medical clinic setup for evacuees and to show you how small of a world it is....I met your wife there...she told me that you had been killed in the line of duty...she is a sweet lady, rest in peace

Ptl. Stephen Lipscomb
Louisiana Police Officer

March 28, 2007

Mac, I was in the 5th District with you. Today, 12-6-2004, I was going through the list of lost Police Officers in odmp and noticed there was no reflections on your entry. I was working in the Superintendants office, Mardi Gras special operations, when we got the call that you and your partner, John Tobin. had been shot down. Here it is almost 31 years later and I have never forgotten you. Rest in peace my brother and my friend.

Jim Moore
New Orleans P.D., Retired

December 7, 2004

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