He had only been with the VPD for ten months at the time of his death.
Sensing danger, he immediately let go of the rope and warned two small boys to move away, as they were standing nearby watching the events.
November 1st, 1913
W. 8th Ave. & Cypress St.
Constable John McMenomy would be the third Vancouver Police Constable to be killed in the line of duty, and the second that year. He had served with the Dominion Police of Canada before joining the Vancouver PD. He had only been with the VPD for ten months at the time of his death.
Constable McMenomy was assigned to "B" sub-station in Kitsilano. On November 1st, 1913, he attended to a call at W. 8th Ave. and Cypress St., just a few blocks from his house at 1816 W. 8th Ave. A short circuit was causing an arc style street lamp to sputter and the "cut-out" box to flame. He stood beneath the street light and took hold of a rope used to raise and lower the arc lamp. He then gently shook the rope believing this would seat the arc lamp and stop the short circuit. Instead, that street light as well as all the other street lights on the block went out. Sensing danger, he immediately let go of the rope and warned two small boys to move away, as they were standing nearby watching the events. He then returned to the pole to attempt to turn the lights back on. He reached for the same rope but did not realize a live electrical wire had broken off the top of the pole. The wire was hanging down beside the pole about four feet from the ground. In the darkness the black wire was almost invisible. As he reached for the rope the metal buttons on his tunic came in contact with the wire. He was electrocuted and collapsed to the ground. He was still alive when the ambulance arrived a few minutes later but died en-route to the hospital.
John McMenomy: policeman, husband, father, son. "We Shall Never Forget You."
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