Department History

Philip S. McDonald

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E.O.W. 12-15-1920

Rome, N.Y. Police Officer Philip S. McDonald was killed in the line of duty on December 15, 1920. Officer McDonald and other Rome Police Officers attempted to apprehend a burglary suspect and a vehicle pursuit ensued. The pursuit entered the Village of Herkimer where Officer McDonald's vehicle was able to pass the suspects truck. Officer McDonald exited his vehicle and drew his service revolver as the suspect's truck approached. The suspect jumped from his moving truck and the driverless truck then struck and killed Officer McDonald. The suspect was apprehended, convicted and sent to prison.

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Contact information

301 N. James Street
Rome, NY 13440

Phone: (315) 339-7780

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