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Constable Joseph Reilly

VPD Constable Joseph ReillyAs senior officers, Constables Joseph Reilly and W. Oliver had the privilege of driving a brand new “police radio” car, rather than walking the beat.

It was just after midnight on November 27, 1932, as the partners drove south through the intersection of Burrard and W. Georgia Street, when they were suddenly struck by another vehicle.

Constable Reilly was thrown from the patrol car, and suffered a skull fracture and two broken legs. He never regained consciousness, and died one month later on December 23 at Vancouver General Hospital.

Constable Joseph Reilly was born on September 9, 1878, on Prince Edward Island. He joined the Vancouver Police Department on August 25, 1914, at 36 years of age. His service record indicates he was hired as a “temporary fourth class constable to take place of a constable at war.” When he was hired as a regular constable on June 4, 1915, he was paid $960 per year.

Joseph Reilly: police officer, husband, father, son.

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