END OF WATCH: July 29, 1935
Cleveland Police Department
Harry McCue was appointed to the Cleveland Police Department on June 16, 1928, assigned to the Tenth Precinct located at West 53rd Street and Lorain Avenue. McCue was later appointed to the rank of detective on July 16, 1929.
Detectives Harry McCue and Harold Beingesser were assigned to bring back Clarence Henderson, a former water department employee wanted for embezzling fifteen hundred dollars from the city. The two detectives tracked Henderson to a sugar beet farm in Wood County near Toledo. They obtained assistance from Chief Galliher of Bowling Green and Marshal Tatham and his deputy.
The men arrived at the farm and found Henderson sleeping in a shack. When they woke him, he and his friends fought with the officers and was eventually taken into custody. On the way back to Cleveland, Beingesser drove while McCue rode in the back with Henderson. They were traveling on State Route 18 when they failed to stop before entering State Route 25. Their vehicle was struck by another vehicle traveling southbound on Route 25.
5 people died as a result of the accident, Detectives McCue and Beingesser, the prisoner Henderson, and two passengers from the second vehicle.
Harry McCue was survived by his wife Florence and their three children, Alice, Daniel and James.
Harry McCue’s name is inscribed on the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Wall, Washington, D.C. panel 43, west wall, line 16.
Harold Beingesser’s name is inscribed on the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Wall, Washington, D.C. panel 28, west wall, line 4.
By Recruit John Hategan, Cleveland Police Academy