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 Joseph J. “Joe” Heffernan

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Joseph J. “Joe” Heffernan

Birth
Trenton, Mercer County, New Jersey, USA
Death
14 Aug 1898 (aged 40)
Louisville, Jefferson County, Kentucky, USA
Burial
Louisville, Jefferson County, Kentucky, USA
Plot
Section O, Lot 72E1/2
Memorial ID
54013527 View Source

Officer Heffernan served with the Louisville Division of Police from 1895 until his death.

Two days before his death in the early morning hours Officer Heffernan assisted Corporal Louis Whitman who had detained two suspected burglars at 21st & Rowan Streets in the Portland neighborhood. During questioning of the two men one of them produced a handgun and shot at Corporal Whitman. However, before the shooter could take accurate aim Officer Heffernan knocked him to the ground causing the shot to miss Whitman. Immediately after this the second burglar produced a pistol and began shooting at Officer Heffernan as Heffernan fired back with his pistol. This man being wounded in the arm fled. The man on the ground still holding his pistol was told by Officer Heffernan that he was under arrest. The man then shot Heffernan in the side penetrating his liver and lung. Officer Heffernan was rushed to Saint Joseph's Infirmary where he lingered for two days and died as a result of his wounds.

Before joining the police force Officer Heffernan served for years with the Louisville Fire Department where he was promoted to the rank of Captain. His brother is Police Lt. Edward Heffernan. In addition to his brother he was survived by his wife of sixteen years, Gertrude, and four children.

His funeral was held at Saint Cecilia Catholic Church with burial in Saint Louis Cemetery.

His murderer, Howard Clark, was shot and killed by police in Owensboro, Kentucky on October 8, 1898.

[Informtion for this was extracted from two news stories about the incident from 1898 Kentucky Irish American newspaper - August 13 (page 2) and August 20 (page 1).]

The sketch of Officer Heffernan is from The Officer Down Memorial Page, Inc.

Officer Heffernan served with the Louisville Division of Police from 1895 until his death.

Two days before his death in the early morning hours Officer Heffernan assisted Corporal Louis Whitman who had detained two suspected burglars at 21st & Rowan Streets in the Portland neighborhood. During questioning of the two men one of them produced a handgun and shot at Corporal Whitman. However, before the shooter could take accurate aim Officer Heffernan knocked him to the ground causing the shot to miss Whitman. Immediately after this the second burglar produced a pistol and began shooting at Officer Heffernan as Heffernan fired back with his pistol. This man being wounded in the arm fled. The man on the ground still holding his pistol was told by Officer Heffernan that he was under arrest. The man then shot Heffernan in the side penetrating his liver and lung. Officer Heffernan was rushed to Saint Joseph's Infirmary where he lingered for two days and died as a result of his wounds.

Before joining the police force Officer Heffernan served for years with the Louisville Fire Department where he was promoted to the rank of Captain. His brother is Police Lt. Edward Heffernan. In addition to his brother he was survived by his wife of sixteen years, Gertrude, and four children.

His funeral was held at Saint Cecilia Catholic Church with burial in Saint Louis Cemetery.

His murderer, Howard Clark, was shot and killed by police in Owensboro, Kentucky on October 8, 1898.

[Informtion for this was extracted from two news stories about the incident from 1898 Kentucky Irish American newspaper - August 13 (page 2) and August 20 (page 1).]

The sketch of Officer Heffernan is from The Officer Down Memorial Page, Inc.


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  • Created by: G. P.
  • Added: 22 Jun 2010
  • Find a Grave Memorial ID: 54013527
  • Find a Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/54013527/joseph-j-heffernan: accessed ), memorial page for Joseph J. “Joe” Heffernan (25 Dec 1857–14 Aug 1898), Find a Grave Memorial ID 54013527, citing Saint Louis Cemetery, Louisville, Jefferson County, Kentucky, USA; Maintained by G. P. (contributor 47124408).