DIED IN THE LINE OF DUTY FROM HEART ATTACK
Appointed: March 10, 1898
End of the Watch: March 22, 1902
Policeman John Ryan suffered a fatal heart attack while struggling with a prisoner near the intersection of 28th Street and Girard Avenue.
He had arrested a man for drunk and disorderly, at a saloon on Girard Street and was walking him to a callbox located at 28th Street and Flora Avenue Street. The man started resisting and began to struggle with Policeman Ryan. Policeman Ryan collapsed during the struggle. The man fled but was chased by several citizens. He was apprehended by another officer several minutes later. Policeman Ryan was taken to a local doctor's office where he was pronounced dead. The man who started the struggle was arrested and charged with murder.
Policeman Ryan had served with the Philadelphia Police Department for 11 years. He was 48 years old and survived by his wife.