Patrolman Martin Aloysius Hanahoe
Pennsylvania State Highway Patrol
Years of Service: 1 years
Cause of Death: Motorcycle Accident
(Forced off road while attempting to
stop a fugitive suspect.)
Date of Incident:
October 16, 1926
Date of Death:
February 27, 1927
Martin Aloysius Hanahoe was born August 8, 1902, at Pittston,
He enlisted with the State Highway Patrol on January 7, 1926, and was assigned to Troop
A, Harrisburg. He was 23 years old and 5' 11" tall.
On October 16, 1926, while on
motorcycle patrol about ½ mile north of Mills Corner near Towanda in Bradford County, Hanahoe
attempted to halt a motor vehicle driven by a fugitive suspect.
The fugitive forced Hanahoe off the road against a concrete abutment and into a
He was taken to the Robert Packer Hospital in Sayre, Pennsylvania, where he died of his
injuries on February 27, 1927.
Hanahoe was buried in St. Johns Cemetery in Pittston. He was survived by his
mother, Mrs. Matthew Hanahoe, of Pittston, three sisters, Gertrude Reddington, Eleanor
Hanahoe, and Rosemary Hanahoe, and two brothers, Frank Hanahoe, and Michael Hanahoe.
24, was the State Highway Patrols first fatality in the line of duty. He had completed
one year of service at the time of his death.