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Name : OConnell, Thomas 

Rank: Ptl.

Shield #: 4159 Command: 029 Pct. (todays 17th Pct)
Date of Death: 1912-06-17   Cause of Death: Drowned-Rescue
 Patrolman O'Connell died from injuries he received while attempting to rescue a suicidal man. At approximately 1400 hours on January 3, 1912 Patrolman O'Connell observed a man who had jumped into the river in a suicide attempt. Patrolman O'Connell jumped in to save the man, but the man did not want to be saved. The man fiercely fought off Patrolman O'Connell, pulling him under the water. When a rescue boat arrived, they were able to pull Patrolman O'Connell aboard, but the suicidal man never resurfaced from under the water.

Patrolman O'Connell was removed to Flower Hospital where he died on June 17, 1912 from the injuries he received while attempting the rescue.
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Comments from Friends    
Rest in peace brother.

rest in peace.
— sjs
Posted: December 18, 2006, 11:08 am

God bless you O'Connell
— West Side Irish
Posted: June 12, 2010, 2:29 pm

Ptl O'Connell you died being a Hero . You may have passed but you will never be forgotten. Rest in Peace Thomas.
— Tommy
Posted: June 17, 2013, 8:11 am

Thomas we continue to pray for you. Rest in Peace.
— Tommy
Posted: June 17, 2014, 6:13 am

Tom you will never be forgotten. Rest in Peace.
— Tommy
Posted: June 5, 2015, 6:54 am



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