New Bedford Police Department officially open, fallen officer honored

BEDFORD – The Bedford Police Department located at 2308 West 16th Street is now officially open.

On the first day, Chief Terry Moore dedicated a memorial plaque on the flag pole honoring Bedford Watchman George Carney, who died in the line of duty in 1875.

On Tuesday, January 19, 1875, at 9:00 p.m. Deputy Marshal George Carney was shot and killed when he interrupted a burglary at the J.W. Mitchell & Co. drug store.  

As he approached the rear alley, he was shot by one of the two males who were burglarizing the store. Deputy Marshal Carney was able to describe the suspects before he died the following day.

The 17- and 20-year-old males escaped but were captured two weeks later in Olney, Illinois, where one suspect exchanged shots with the city marshal during their arrest.    

They were later convicted of first-degree murder, sentenced to life in prison, and pardoned in 1888 and 1892, respectively.    

Deputy Marshal Carney was survived by his brother, who served with the Louisville, Kentucky, Police Department, sister, and father.