John H. Hennessey Sr., 83, police officer, veteran

April 10, 2005

John H. Hennessey Sr., a retired Baltimore police officer and World War II veteran, died in his sleep Friday at his home in Brooklyn Park. He was 83.

Mr. Hennessey was born and raised in Baltimore and attended Mount St. Joseph High School in Irvington.

After leaving school, he worked to help support his family until he enlisted in the Navy in 1942. A chief gunner's mate, Mr. Hennessey served aboard an oil tanker and ammunition ship in both the Atlantic and Pacific.

Mr. Hennessey, who joined the city Police Department in 1952, spent his entire 25-year career as a patrolman at Southern District. He received several awards of merit, including one for rescuing eight children from a burning building.

An article in the News American at his 1977 retirement said he "never had to fire his weapon during his 25-year career."

Mr. Hennessey was an avid Orioles fan and had coached Little League baseball in Brooklyn Park. He also enjoyed working on his car, family members said.

He was a communicant of St. Rose of Lima Roman Catholic Church, Fourth Street and Washburn Avenue, where a Mass of Christian burial will be offered at 10 a.m. tomorrow.

Mr. Hennessey is survived by his wife of 62 years, the former Dorothy E. Cline; two sons, John H. Hennessey Jr. of Bel Air and Stephen Hennessey of Brooklyn Park; two daughters, Cathy N. Hurd of Severna Park and Eileen Hennessey of Canton; a brother, Raymond Hennessey of Jacksonville, Fla.; seven grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.

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