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In Memory of Officer Martin I. Donovan

Martin I. Donovan

July 9, 1964

Forty-five years ago today, Marty was taken away from his family in a senseless act of violence as he patrolled his beat in his hometown of DC. We honor Marty today and pray for the safety of all police officers.

Sharon (Donovan) Hickey
—Submitted July 9, 2009

I worked with Martin I. Donovan back during 1961 and 1962 in the Second Precinct. He was an excellent officer who always said that he wanted to transfer to the Homicide Branch as soon as he could. Over the years since he was taken from us, I have thought of him often.
Harold F. Titus
—Submitted May 19, 2009

Date of Death: July 9, 1964
Rank: Officer
Age:  28
Marital Status: Married
Children: One
Location of Death: 1127 14th Street, NE

Officer Donovan was walking a foot beat in the Thomas Circle area, when without warning a mentally disturbed man tackled him. The man tore the officer's gun from its holster and shot the officer in the chest.

Officer Donovan was able to hold onto the suspect until help arrived.

The only excuse the ex-military suspect could give was that the police uniform bugged him.

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