Sergeant 3rd Class Patrick William Matthew CARMODY
Fall from Building
19 April, 1931
On 30 December, 1926 Sergeant Carmody and Constable Delaney responded to a complaint of suspicious persons at a building at the corner of Elizabeth and Devonshire Streets, Sydney. The sergeant climbed a fire escape ladder at the premises, however as he was doing so he fell, dropping a distance of over six metres. He was taken home where a medical examination discounted any fractures, however it did reveal that he had jarred his spine and injured his back muscles. Over the next couple of years the sergeant’s health failed due to the fall injuries and he was discharged medically unfit on 30 April, 1929. He died two years later.
The Barrier Miner dated 31 December, 1926 reported that â€œWhile searching for burglars on a fire escape at Fraser House in Devonshire Street last night Detective Sergeant Carmody slipped and fell to a concrete yard 20 feet below. He suffered injuries to the spine and back, besides wounds on the legs and arms. His condition is criticalâ€.
The sergeant was born in 1887 and joined the New South Wales Police Force on 3 January, 1911. At the time of his injury he was stationed at the Regent Street Police Station.