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Rosemount policeman John Francis McDermott died in the line of duty May 22, 1923. He was accidentally shot by a fellow officer while pursuing two suspicious men.

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His story is a tragic part of Rosemount's history and it was nearly lost.

The 27-year-old World War I veteran was a carpenter by day and a police officer at night. McDermott was active in the community and belonged to the Knights of Columbus and the American Legion. He was unmarried and had no children.

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