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Name : Nolan, Joseph 

Rank: Ptl.

Shield #: 1526 Command: 022 Pct.
Date of Death: 1918-06-26   Cause of Death: Head Injury-Brick
 On June 26, 1918 Ptl. Joseph A. Nolan Sh# 1626 of the then 22nd Precinct (Midtown South) was killed in the line of duty.

At about 2 am on June 26, 1918, while on post on Eleventh Ave., Ptl. Nolan heard pistol shots in the vicinity of 39th St. between Tenth and Eleventh Aves. He rapped for assistance with his nightstick on the pavement, and when Patrolmen Walsh and Neville responded they found Ptl. Nolan questioning several persons who were standing on the stoop of No. 526 W. 39th St. The men were allowed to go, the officers assuring themselves that they knew of the pistol shots.

After the men left, the officers remained in front of the building, and while they were standing there a number of bricks were thrown from the roof, one of which struck Ptl. Nolan on the head and he fell to the sidewalk. An ambulance was called immediately, but before it arrived at the hospital Nolan died.

In 1921, Ptl. Nolan was Posthumously awarded the NYPD Medal of Honor. (Special Note: Ptl. Neville was killed three years later (1921) in a lot at 544 W. 39th St., not 100 feet from the spot where Ptl. Nolan was killed.)
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Comments from Friends    
Rest in peace brother.

rest in peace.
— sjs
Posted: December 18, 2006, 11:07 am

Forever in our Heart, Mind, and Soul.
— Brendan Joseph NOLAN
Posted: January 18, 2011, 1:07 am

Joe Nolan was my Mother's Father. My Mother was only 1 1/2 years old when he was killed.My Mother, obviously never knew her Father. His death clearly changed my Mother's life & certainly her Mother's life....somehow, this loss is also carried over to us...the children and grandchildren. A great loss - over generations...how different life might have been, had we not have lost Joe. That tragic loss has always hovered in our family's beckground - A loss of possibilities that might have been. A loss never to be forgotten
— Nancy Collins
Posted: December 18, 2011, 7:45 am

Ptl Nolan , you may have passed but you will never be forgotten. Rest in Peace Joseph.
— Tommy
Posted: June 26, 2013, 8:02 am

Joseph we continue to pray for you. Rest in Peace.
— Tommy
Posted: June 29, 2014, 10:27 am

Joseph you will never be forgotten. Rest in Peace.
— Tommy
Posted: June 8, 2015, 6:40 am



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