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; p. . 4

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

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

One day last February, he was instructed to hold a windshield in the police patrol while it was being taken to the Northern Police Station for repairs. When the turn was made at North and Pennsylvania Avenues, McGrain was thrown forward, striking his 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.

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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

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