LINE OF DUTY DEATHS
Tour of Duty: 10 years
Badge Number: 125
Date of Incident: April 20, 1973
On April 20, 1973 Patrolman Don Kimmey responded to a call for a disturbance in the City. During a struggle while attempting to effect an arrest, Officer Kimmey was struck in the head and chest area. Officer Kimmey suffered from lingering inexplicable chest pain for several months for which he sought treatment. Ultimately, on September 13, 1973 Officer Kimmey was undergoing a surgical procedure for his chest injuries and died during surgery.
Officer Kimmey served the Watervliet Police Department from 1963 to his death on September 13, 1973. For sometime Officer Kimmey’s cause of death was in question and not attributed to line of duty activity. After much correspondence, consult and investigation by the Kimmey family, it has been medically determined that Officer Kimmey did succumb to injuries as a result of a line of duty performance.
On May 21, 2008, the Kimmey family was honored with the recognition of Officer Kimmey’s ultimate sacrifice and his inclusion on the State of New York Police Officer Memorial at the State Remembrance Ceremony.
Patrolman Donald L. Kimmey
End of Watch: Thursday, September 13, 1973
Tour of Duty:6 years
Date of Incident: Saturday, August 2, 1930
Patrolman Garrahan succumbed to gunshot wounds sustained one month earlier while transporting a prisoner to jail in the side car of his motorcycle. The prisoner grabbed Patrolman Garrahan’s service revolver from its holster and shot him several times.
Patrolman Garrahan was single and had served with the agency for 6 years.
Patrolman Leo J. Garrahan
End of Watch: Thursday, August 28, 1930
Tour of Duty: 22 years, 6 months
Date of Incident: Monday, November 13, 1922
Suspect Info: Shot and wounded
Saturday, November 11, 1922, 5:50 P.M. Officers reponded to McKeever’s Store, 13th St. at 6th Ave. for a reported robbery. A witness stated the suspect, identified as Henry Tucker, fled the building armed with a hand gun. The suspect is reported to have fled to the City of Troy.
Wednesday, November 13, 1922 3:30 P.M. Chief Corbett, Captain Broderick and Officer Connors responded to the City of Troy in search of Henry Tucker.
Wednesday, November 13, 1922 5:00 P.M. Watervliet Police were notified by Troy Police that an altercation had taken place between Chief Corbett and Henry Tucker on River St between Ferry St and Congress St. During the altercation Henry Tucker fired four rounds at Chief Corbett striking him once in the abdomen; Chief Corbett returned fire striking Henry Tucker twice in the head.
Wednesday, November 15, 1922 Chief Corbett died at 5:55 P.M. in a Troy Hospital from the gun shot inflicted by Henry Tucker.