Heroes Roll Call: Patrolman Martin J. Carlin, #516

The Cleveland Police Museum is honored to share the stories of our Fallen Officers on the anniversary of their End of Watch.

Patrolman Martin Carlin was appointed to duty on August 10, 1934. In March of the following year, he was assigned to plainclothes duty in the detective bureau.

July 29, 1935, was predicted to be sunny and seventy-seven degrees. It was to be a weekend of shootings, burglaries and holdups. Detective Carlin was on duty along with his partner, Detective Howard Luzius, in radio cruiser nine.

At around 2:45 a.m. on July 29, 1935, Detectives Martin Carlin and Howard Luzius responded to a reported burglary at the Gloria Candy Shoppe on Broadview Road.  As officers surrounded the store, two men jumped through the front window.  Carlin chased one suspect down the street. Unfortunately, nearby store owner Mr. Edward Bily heard the commotion, assumed the two men running were burglars and fired two shots, hitting Carlin.

Patrolman Martin J Carlin, #516, End of Watch 8/3/1935

Plain Dealer, Aug 8, 1935

On July 30th, Carlin’s condition was reported as “doubtful” and on August 3rd, 1935 he died from his wounds. Services were held at St. Ignatius Church with internment at Calvary Cemetery. Patrolman Carlin was survived by his wife, Agnes, four sisters and three brothers.

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