On October 20, 1919
Officers Frederick F. Tierney, Jesse F.
Shepherd, and Vincent D. Crowley responded
to a break-in at the Crescent Cigar Store
at 1211 Baltimore Avenue - a popular gambling
house that had closed just three days
earlier as a result of an anti-vice campaign.
An employee of the Dixon Hotel at 12th
Street and Baltimore Avenue called police
when he heard the noise of the attempted
break-in. The officers arrived as the
4 or 5 men were attempting to blow off
the door of the safe with a charge of
nitroglycerin. A gunfight ensued, and
Officer Tierney chased one of the men down Baltimore
Avenue. Officer Tierney caught him, and a struggle followed. Officer Tierney was knocked to the ground, as as he lay there, the man shot him.
As the burglar fled, Officer Tierney remained conscious long enough to empty his weapon
in the man's direction. Crowley and Shepherd
were able to capture only one of the burglars
that morning. Officer Tierney died that afternoon
at the hospital.
Frederick F. Tierney, 21, had been a member
of the police department for two years.
He was survived by his parents, Michael and Anna Tierney.
Article by Brent Marchant
Interred: St. Mary's Cemetery.