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The DEA Honor Roll

Official Line of Duty Deaths

Joseph J. Lynch

Joseph Lynch

Rank: Detective

Shield Number: 1423

Command: Bomb & Forgery Squad

Date of Death: 07/04/1940

Cause of Death: Explosion - Investigation

Detective Joseph Lynch and Detective Ferdinand A. Socha were killed when a time bomb they were inspecting exploded.  The two detectives were inspecting the bomb, which had been discovered at the World’s Fair Grounds in Flushing, Queens.  Members of the Bomb Squad, including Detective Socha and Detective Lynch had removed the bomb to a safe location, but it exploded as the two inspected it.

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