Name : McNierney, Joseph 

Rank: Sgt.

Shield #: 32 Command: 029 Pct. (todays 17th Pct)
Date of Death: 1913-10-03   Cause of Death: Stabbed/Perpetrators
     
 Sergeant McNierney died of injuries he received when he was stabbed while taking police action while off-duty. Sergeant McNierney and another off-duty Patrolman were riding on the Second Avenue "L" train when they observed two men harassing two young women on the train. Sergeant McNierney asked the women if they would like to move over to his seat so they could get away from he men. The two women moved seats. When they all exited the train at the next stop, one of the two men confronted Sergeant McNierney and told him "I'll smash your face in." When Sergeant McNierney approached the suspect, the suspect drew a knife and stabbed Sergeant McNeirney in the stomach four times.

Sergeant McNierney called out to the other off-duty Patrolman, who confronted the suspect. The off-duty Patrolman was slashed several times before he was able to tackle the suspect. The Patrolman they handed his whistle to a civilian who blew it, summoning the help of other Patrolmen. With the help of the other Patrolmen, the suspect was tackled into custody.

Sergeant McNierney was removed to Bellevie Hospital, where he died form his wounds five days later.

Sergeant McNierney had been a member of the New York City Police Department for 18 years. He was promoted to Sergeant on March 22, 1912. He was 45 years old.
  
 
     
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Rest in peace brother.
— JOM

rest in peace.
— sjs
Posted: December 18, 2006, 11:02 am

According to a news clipping dated May 4, 1914, ..."sergeant, East Fifty-first street station, stabbed Oct. 3, 1913, by an Italian who had insulted a girl in an elevated railroad train at Nineteenth street and First avenue. He died a few days later in Bellvue Hospital."
— Pat
Posted: November 22, 2007, 6:09 pm

Sgt McNeirney you died taking action . You will never be forgotten , we pray for you , you will never be forgotten. Rest in Peace Joseph.
— Tommy
Posted: October 3, 2013, 6:43 am

On the 100th anniversary of his passing, we remember. Our great grandfather died protecting two young women from being harassed on the NYC subway, trying to preserve civility a true hero. The medal and newspaper clippings remain with the family.
— Henry David McNierney III
Posted: October 3, 2013, 8:21 am

Joseph we continue to pray for you. Rest in Peace.
— Tommy
Posted: October 2, 2014, 6:28 am

 


 

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