Name : McCormack, John J. 

Rank: Ptl.

Shield #: 9622 Command: 038 Pct. (todays 32nd Pct)
Date of Death: 1919-11-10   Cause of Death: Shot-Domestic Dispute
 Patrolman McCormack was shot and killed when he attempted to arrest an armed suspect who had just fired shots inside a saloon. Patrolman McCormack was walking his beat on 7th Avenue near 138th Street in Manhattan, when he was approached by a woman who asked the Patrolman to help remove her intoxicated husband from a Saloon. Patrolman McCormack entered the saloon and found that the man had already left, so he resumed his patrol duties.

About ten minute later Patrolman McCormack heard the sound of gun shots from inside the saloon. The female who had approached him earlier was running from the saloon with her husband in close pursuit, brandishing a automatic pistol. Patrolman McCormack gave chase, and soon caught up with the suspect. When Patrolman McCormack order the suspect to stop, he turned and fired four shots, two of which struck Patrolman McCormack.

The suspect then fled on foot, but was apprehended a short time later by two other Patrolman. The suspect was charged with murder.

Patrolman McCormack was removed to the hospital, but died of his injuries a short time later.

Patrolman McCormack had been with the New York City Police Department for only 20 days.
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Comments from Friends    
I wonder if this NYPD angel and my Dad are related? My Dad was born 8/30/31 in Boston-John Joseph McCormack. You don't find many that spell it with "mack".
— Annalyn McCormack Godwin

— sjs
Posted: November 2, 2006, 5:46 am

— sjs
Posted: November 2, 2006, 5:47 am

John J. McCormack was my grandfather. He was born in the townland of Ballinarry in Co. Sligo, Ireland. He emigrated to Boston, I have all the papers he filed upon his arrival and also his citizenship documents. After leaving the U.S Army he settled down with my grandmother Margaret Mary (Gray) of the townalnd of Barroe North in Co. Sligo, in the Bronx. We have a family photo, my mother and her 2 sisters that according to family lore was taken the morning he was killed. I can gaze on it from where I'm sitting in my livingroom. I've done alot of research in census records, newspapers of the time, oral family histories, etc. I've visited and stayed at his birthplace many times and have strong connections to his and my family on both sides who remain in Ireland. He was featured in a book a few years ago published in Sligo. This site is a wonderful tribute to him and all the NYPD officers who have died in the line of duty. God Bless them all. Thank-you, Bob Shanley. (feel free to contact me for more information)
— Robert Shanley
Posted: August 18, 2009, 1:02 am

I have been doing my Gray family genealogy. I just found information on my mother's Aunt Margaret. John J. McCormack was her husband. I write this with a heavy heart. R.I.P. (Bob Shanley from the above post-if you ever read this, please find me on Facebook.)
— Suzi Santamaria-Kono
Posted: April 16, 2012, 12:54 am

Ptl McCormack, you were only a uniformed policeman for 20 days, now you are patrolling heaven with the so many who gave their lives. Even though you passed you will never be forgotten. Rest in Peace John J, we pray for you.
— Tommy
Posted: November 10, 2013, 12:07 pm

John we continue to pray for you. Rest in Peace.
— Tommy
Posted: November 6, 2014, 7:25 am

Yesterday would have been the 95th anniversary of my Grandfather's death. He has gone but has not been forgotten by his family both here in in Ireland. Thank you Tommy and all who remember him. Bob
— Bob Shanley
Posted: November 11, 2014, 12:45 pm



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