BANGOR, Maine — During National Police Week, the nation pauses to recognize the service and sacrifices of those whose job it is to serve and protect, especially those who lost their lives in the line of duty.
The Bangor Police Department this week is remembering two fallen comrades, Sgt. Paul Edwards said Tuesday.
They are Officers Patrick Henry Jordan and Francis Murray, both of whom are listed in the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund and Officer Down Memorial Page Inc. websites.
According to a news story published in the March 9, 1903, issue of the Bangor Daily News, Jordan, 35, was gunned down about 11:25 p.m. the previous Saturday after he was called to an incident on Carroll Street, which runs off Third Street.
Charged in connection with the shooting was William Albert, who had been causing a domestic disturbance at the home of his former wife off St. Michael’s Court, according to news accounts. The suspect fled when the police arrived to arrest him. Albert reportedly shot the officer during a foot chase that covered several West Side streets.
At the time of his death, Jordan had been a patrol wagon driver for the city’s police force for 14 months but had been a patrolman for only five days.
Murray, 40, died on June 28, 1950, three days after he was struck by a drunken driver while directing traffic at Dutton and Main streets after a circus. He had suffered a severe head injury and two broken legs and shock, according to the Bangor Daily News.
The suspects, Francis Barry, 24, and Leroy McKenna, 21, of Brewer, fled the scene but later were arrested and charged with hit-and-run.
According to news accounts, Murray was hurled onto the hood of the suspects’ car and carried about 60 feet before he crashed to the pavement.
The Officer Down Memorial Page website lists a total of 83 line-of-duty deaths in Maine. The 83, all of whom were male, worked for local, county and state police, the warden service and corrections.
Of those, 25 died from gunfire, and nine died of heart attacks. Eight officers each died from assault and car accidents, six each from drowning and vehicle pursuits, and five each were struck by vehicles or in vehicular assaults, according to Officer Down.
Other causes of officer deaths were motorcycle accidents, airplane crashes, an explosion, exposure, accidental gunfire and a stabbing. One death was from an unidentified cause.