Treasure #61 Police Officer’s Uniform

61 Police uniform

61 Police uniform

This police officer’s uniform belonged to Thomas Fody, a native of Ireland who immigrated to America ca. 1862 at age 14. He lived in Cincinnati for about a year before settling permanently in Dover. He joined the Dover Police Department ca. 1880 as a patrolman on the Third Street and Main Street beats, and worked for 33 years until his retirement in 1913. Fody and his family of nine lived on Payne Street (now Henry Law Avenue) and he died in 1930 at age 82 at home on Court Street. His overcoat and helmet were obtained from his surviving daughters and were donated by the DuBois family of Dover.

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