P/O John McGrain

Fallen HeroPatrolman John McGrain

On this date in Baltimore Police History 1912 we lost our brother Police Officer John McGrain to an auto accident based on the following;


The Sun (1837-1987); Nov 25, 1912; pg. 4

On 25 November, 1912 Officer John McGrain, an injured patrolman died, John McGrain was badly injured in peculiar accident last February while riding in the Northwestern District Auto Patrol. Patrolman McGrain, was forced to retired at 56 years old due to these injuries, and as a result died at his home 1519 Myrtle Ave. some months later. While the attending physicians said that heart disease was the cause of death, McGrain's family insist he never fully recovered from injuries received in that auto accident and that is what ultimately lead to his death.

McGrain was widely known in the city while in the Central District he met and knew personally many of the financial district.

One day last February he was instructed to hold a windshield in the police patrol while it was being taken to Northern police station for repairs. When the turn was made at North and Pennsylvania Avenue McGrain was thrown forward, striking his four head against the windshield. His head was badly cut and he was taken to St. Luke's Hospital.

Born in Baltimore Officer McGrain was appointed a member of the Police Department in 1891. He is survived by his widow, miss Ann McGrain, his three sons, John W, Joseph W, and William F McGrain and two brothers, Thomas L and James McGrain

As his brothers and sisters of the Baltimore Police Department we will not let him be forgotten, His service Honored the City of Baltimore, and the Baltimore Police Department may he rest in peace, and may God bless him.

1 black devider 800 8 72

More Details

End of Watch      25 November 1912
City, St. 1519 Myrtle Ave
Panel Number N/A
Cause of Death        Heart Attack
District Worked Northwestern

1 black devider 800 8 72


Donations help with web hosting, stamps and materials and the cost of keeping the website online. Thank you so much for helping BCPH. 

Paypal History Donations

1 black devider 800 8 72


If you have copies of: your Baltimore Police Department Class Photo, Pictures of our Officers, Vehicles, Equipment, Newspaper Articles relating to our department and or officers, Old Departmental Newsletters, Lookouts, Wanted Posters, and or Brochures. Information on Deceased Officers and anything that may help Preserve the History and Proud Traditions of this agency. Please contact Retired Detective Kenny Driscoll.

This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Devider color with motto


How to Dispose of Old Police Items

Please contact Det. Ret. Kenny Driscoll if you have any pictures of you or your family members and wish them remembered here on this tribute site to Honor the fine men and women who have served with Honor and Distinction at the Baltimore Police Department. Anyone with information, photographs, memorabilia, or other "Baltimore City Police" items can contact Ret. Det. Kenny Driscoll at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. follow us on Twitter @BaltoPoliceHist or like us on Facebook or mail pics to 8138 Dundalk Ave. Baltimore Md. 21222


Copyright © 2002 Baltimore City Police History - Ret Det Kenny Driscoll