Patrolman Michael Mulvihill | Cincinnati Police Department

Age: 36
Served: 5¼ years
May 22, 1901 to September 8, 1906


On the afternoon of September 8, 1906, Patrolman Mulvihill, of 53 Corry Street, was driving Patrol 3 on a “hurry call” to 1324 Clay Street for a man, George Hammel, injured in a fall from a ladder. At 1417 Walnut, a streetcar drove into the path of the patrol wagon. Patrol Wagon Driver jerked the heads of his horses to the side, but the wheels of the wagon struck a coal wagon and vaulted him off the wagon head first to the pavement.

Fellow officers, Patrolmen Lottes and Hennekes (aka Hanakas) jumped forward and caught the reins of the galloping horses. They then went to Mulvihill’s aid and found him unconscious and bleeding. They put him into the wagon and took him to the City Hospital where Dr. Osmond informed the fellow officers and reporters that his injuries included a fractured skull and that it would doubtful that he would regain consciousness.

Hammel, in the mean time, found private conveyance to the hospital and was treated and released with minor injuries.

Patrol Wagon Driver Mulvihill died a short time later that day from a brain injury and broken neck. He was survived by his sister, Mrs. Joseph (Anne) Kenneary, and laid out at her home at 1612 Dexter. His remains were escorted from there at 8:30 a.m. on September 11, 1906, to a Requiem Mass at the Church of the Assumption (on Gilbert at Curtis in Walnut Hills) at 9:00 a.m. From there, he was buried at St. Joseph (New) Cemetery..

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This narrative was revised September 12, 2012, by Cincinnati Lieutenant Stephen R. Kramer (Retired), Greater Cincinnati Police Historical Society President, with assistance from Joyce Meyer, Price Hill Historical Society historian, and Kelly Huston, great granddaughter of Patrolman Henry Deering. All rights are reserved to them and to the Greater Cincinnati Police Historical Society.