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Police Officer John E. Price
DOD:  04-19-1920
Age:  42
Date of Appointment:  06-02-1909 
Years of Service:  10 Years
Unit: Germantown Station

Police Officer Price, assigned to the Germantown Station, was struck and killed by a trolley car at Germantown Avenue and Haines Street while crossing school children. He was 42 years-old and served with the Department for 10 years.

 

Police Officer Walter H. Hodges
DOD:  05-11-1920
Date of Appointment:  03-08-1897   
Years of Service:  23 Years
Unit:  14th District

Police Officer Hodges, assigned to the 14th District, died suddenly after a boy ran into him in a playground. He had an acute kidney disease, and succumbed immediately to his injuries. He was 60 years-old and served with the Department for 23 years.

 

Police Officer William J. Boyd, Jr.
DOD:  05-12-1920
Date of Appointment:  07-12-1911 
Years of Service:  8 Years
Unit: 20th and Buttonwood Street Station

Police Officer Boyd was attempting to arrest two males for assaulting a woman at 21st Street and Benjamin Franklin Parkway.  The offenders attacked the officer and he died as a result of his injuries. He served with the Department for 8 years.

 

Sergeant Lawrence M. Johnson
DOD:  06-02-1920
Date of Appointment:  02-05-1901
Years of Service:  23 Years
Unit:  28th District

Sergeant Johnson, assigned to the 28th District, suffered a severe head wound during a riot in 1916. Four years later, he succumbed to his injuries. He was 48 years-old and served with the Department for 23 years-old.

 

Police Officer Dominic E. Nesavage
DOD:  09-13-1920
Date of Appointment:  06-04-1920 
Years of Service:  3 Months
Unit:  8th District

Police Officer Nesavage, assigned to the 8th District, was attempting to arrest an offender for carrying a concealed deadly weapon on the highway at 9th and Wood Streets, and was shot and killed. He served with the Department for 3 months.

 

Detective Joseph P. McGinn
DOD:  10-03-1920
Age:  46
Date of Appointment:  02-02-1898 
Years of Service:  21 Years
Unit: 2nd District

Detectives McGinn, assigned to the 2nd District, was on a raid with fellow officers, of a gambling house at 816 Passyunk Avenue. The game was being robbed by ten gunmen at the time of the raid, and Detective McGinn was shot and killed by one of the offenders. He was 46 years-old and served with the Department for 21 years.

 

Police Officer John J. McAntee
DOD:  10-22-1920
Age:  52
Date of Appointment:  01-08-1901 
Years of Service:  18 Years
Unit:  39th District

Police Officer McAntee, assigned to the 39th District, was transporting an injured person to Germantown Hospital, when his patrol vehicle was struck by and killed by another auto at Green Street and Queen Lane. He was 52 years-old and served with the Department for 18 years.

 

Police Officer Edward W. Kunz
DOD:  10-28-1920
Age:  31
Date of Appointment:  04-29-1912 
Years of Service:  7 Years
Unit:

Police Officer Kunz was informed that a vehicle had unloaded cases on Russell Street and then quickly departed. Officer Kunz went to York Road and Venango Street to call for a police wagon when he was shot and killed. He was 31 years-old and served with the Department for 7 years.

 

Police Officer Edward W. Holtry
DOD:  01-17-1921
Date of Appointment:  03-26-1907
Years of Service:  13 Years
Unit:  30th District

Police Officer Holtry, assigned to the 30th District, died as a result of injuries sustained from falling off of the running board of a moving vehicle. He was 44 years-old and served with the Department for 13 years.

 

Police Officer William J. Davis
DOD:  01-29-1921
Age:  29 
Date of Appointment:  05-26-1917
Years of Service:  3 Years
Unit:  39th District

Police Officer Davis, assigned to the 39th District, was following two men at Ridge and Allegheny Avenues. When Officer Davis and his partner asked the men what there business was, one of them shot and killed Officer Davis. He was 29 years-old and served with the Department for 3 years.

 

Police Officer Edward S. Boynton
DOD:  10-04-1921
Date of Appointment:  01-03-1903
Years of Service:  18 Years
Unit:  38th District

Police Officer Boynton, assigned to the 38th District, died in a traffic accident when his motorcycle crashed during a pursuit. He was 43 years-old and served in the Department for 18 years.

  

Police Officer Edward W. Kelly
DOD:  11-16-1921
Date of Appointment:  02-05-1913
Years of Service:  8 Years
Unit:  55th and Pine Streets Station

Police Officer Kelly, assigned to the 55th and Pine Streets station, was struck by an automobile while riding his motorcycle at 56th and Walnut Streets. He was 35 years-old and served with the Department for 8 years.

 

Park Guard Vincent A. Hanley
DOD:  11-26-1921
Age:  35
Date of Appointment: 
Years of Service: 
Unit:

Park Guard Hanley was in pursuit of three offenders in a stolen Cadillac.  The vehicle was going west on Benjamin Franklin Parkway at 16th Street when Officer Hanley stopped them and requested identification. Officer Hanley was shot and killed by the offenders. He was 35 years-old.

 

Police Officer Harry J. Stauffer
DOD:  03-16-1922
Date of Appointment:  12-17-1890
Years of Service:  31 Years
Unit:  32nd District

Police Officer Stauffer, assigned to the 32nd District in the Mounted Unit, was thrown from his horse when it was frightened by a passing car, and succumbed to his injuries. He was 60 years-old and served in the Department for 31 years.

 

Police Officer Thomas Brady
DOD:  04-24-1922
Date of Appointment:  10-10-1898
Years of Service:  23 Years
Unit:

Policeman Brady was struck and killed by an automobile while on duty. He was 58 years-old and served with the Department for 23 years.

 

Police Officer James A. Lambert
DOD:  07-16-1922
Date of Appointment:  01-14-1891
Years of Service:  30 Years 
Unit: 10th and Buttonwood Station

Police Officer Lambert went to 406 North 6th Street to see a man who owed him money from the sale of some jewelry. Officer Lambert became engaged with the offender over the amount of money still owed, and was shot and killed while trying to make an arrest. He was 40 years-old.

 

Police Officer John J. Toomey
DOD:  08-26-1922
Date of Appointment:  04-20-1917

Years of Service:  5 Years

Unit:

Police Officer Toomey was accidentally shot by a fellow officer during a raid on December 15, 1920. He finally succumbed to his injuries almost two years later. He was 29 years-old and served with the Department for 5 years.

 

Police Officer Bartholomew Coen
DOD:  10-06-1922
Date of Appointment:  04-20-1917
Years of Service:  5 Years
Unit: 20th and Federal Street Station

Police Officer Coen died as a result of injuries sustained in an automobile accident between his police vehicle and a trolley car. He was 36 years-old and served with the Department for 5 years.

 

Police Officer Thomas F. Gallagher
DOD:  11-03-1922
Date of Appointment:  05-12-1917
Years of Service:  5 Years
Unit: 24th and Wolf Streets Station

Police Officer Gallagher was found shot to death in a private driveway at 24th and McKean Streets. He was 29 years-old and served with the Department for 5 years.

 

Police Officer William Miles
DOD:  02-21-1923
Age:  39
Date of Appointment:
Years of Service:  12 Years
Unit:  Manayunk Station

Police Officer Miles, assigned to the Manayunk Station, was found unconscious with several wounds, at the foot of a flight of steps of a wool mill, near Dawson Street and Ridge Avenue. Autopsy results revealed that his injuries were the result of a homicide. Police Officer Miles had made a call to the station house approximately ten minutes before he was found by fellow officers. Police sources believed that he had surprised a band of thieves robbing the wool mill, when he was fatally injured. He is survived by five children.

 

Police Officer August Arnold
DOD:  04-04-1923
Date of Appointment:  04-12-1910
Years of Service:  13 Years
Unit:  25th District

Police Officer Arnold, assigned to the 25th District, suffered a heart attack while on duty. He was 44 years-old and served with the Department for 13 years.

 

Police Officer Thomas Wilkinson
DOD:  04-19-1923
Date of Appointment:  06-18-1917
Years of Service:  5 Years
Unit:  Motor Division

Police Officer Wilkinson, assigned to the Motor Division, was accidentally killed in a motorcycle accident while on duty. He was 28 years-old and served with the Department for 5 years.

 

Police Officer Emory L. Harman
DOD:  09-30-1923
Date of Appointment:  07-07-1900
Years of Service:  22 Years
Unit:

Policeman Harman died suddenly while on duty in the station house. He was 61 years-old and served with the Department for 22 years.

 

Police Officer Harry R. Reinhart
DOD:  03-23-1924
Date of Appointment:  02-04-1913
Years of Service:  11 Years
Unit:  35th District

Police Officer Reinhart, assigned to the 35th District in the Motorcycle Squad, struck a trolley car operating without a headlight, at 7th Street and Olney Avenue, while driving his motorcycle. He was 34 years-old and served with the Department for 11 years.

 

Detective Truman Swain
DOD:  07-05-1924
Date of Appointment:  08-31-1905
Years of Service:  18 Years
Unit:  Auto Squad

Detective Swain, assigned to the Auto Squad, was shot and killed inside a garage at 7th and Christian Streets. Detective Swain was able to fire his gun and kill his assailant before he died. He was 48 years-old and served with the Department for 18 years.

 

Police Officer Thomas J. Nihill
DOD:  09-21-1924
Date of Appointment:  10-15-1907
Years of Service:  16 Years
Unit:  33rd District

Police Officer Nihill, assigned to the 33rd District, while inside the Dominick Markantino Barber Shop at 258 South 2nd Street, was physically assaulted by two offenders on September 18, 1924. He succumbed to his injuries several days later. He was 39 years-old and served with the Department for 16 years. 

 

Police Officer Robert Wise
DOD:  11-30-1924
Date of Appointment:  01-18-1906
Years of Service:  18 Years
Unit:  33rd District

Police Officer Wise, assigned to the 33rd District, was shot and severely injured at 20th and Christian Streets, while trying to break up a fight on September 28, 1924. He succumbed to his injuries several days later. He was 47 years-old and served with the Department for 18 years.

 

Sergeant Thomas A. Mason
DOD:  12-01-1924
Date of Appointment:  05-18-1905
Years of Service:  18 Years
Unit:  35th District

Sergeant Mason, assigned to the 35th District, died suddenly of a heart attack in the 35th District. He was 47 years-old and served with the Department for 18 years.

 

Police Officer Harry C. Lomas
DOD:  03-26-1925
Date of Appointment:  06-01-1887
Years of Service:  37 Years
Unit:

Police Officer Lomas was struck by an automobile while on duty. He was 77 years-old and served with the Department for 37 years.

 

Police Officer John F. Creevy
DOD:  06-09-1925
Date of Appointment:  11-09-1901
Years of Service:  23 Years
Unit:  East Girard Station

Policeman Creevy, assigned to the East Girard Station, answered a call inside of 1009 Germantown Avenue on June 7, 1925. Upon arrival, he became involved in a struggle with the offender, who took his gun and shot him. Officer Creevy succumbed to his injuries two days later. He was 64 years-old and served with the Department for 23 years.

 

Police Officer Albert Steward
DOD:  10-24-1925
Date of Appointment:
Years of Service:
Unit:

Police Officer Steward was detailed to the Freihofer’s Baking Company at Limekiln Pike and Washington Lane.  He was in the office when the plant was held up by three unknown men wearing masks.  Officer Steward was shot and killed by the offenders.

 

Police Officer Frank Cook
DOD:  12-16-1925
Age:  35
Date of Appointment:  10-11-1916
Years of Service:  9 Years
Unit: 65th and Woodland Avenue Station

Police Officer Cook stopped to question a wanted offender on the highway at 62nd Street and Woodland Avenue, and was shot and killed. The offender was later apprehended after a running pistol fight with three other officers. He was 35 years-old and served with the Department for 9 years.

 

Police Officer Charles F. Gay
DOD:  12-25-1925
Date of Appointment:  01-15-1918
Years of Service:  6 Years
Unit:

Police Officer Gay was shot and killed by a wanted offender while attempting to make an arrest, at 8th and Race Streets on December 24, 1925. He was 32 years-old and served with the Department for 6 years.

 

Police Officer Harry M. Cooper
DOD:  05-04-1926
Date of Appointment:
Years of Service:
Unit: Front and Westmoreland Streets Station

Police Officer Cooper, assigned to the Front & Westmoreland Station, was off-duty in his residence when he heard a series of gunshots. Several minutes earlier, five masked offenders had robbed the Olney Bank at Rising Sun and Wyoming Avenues. Officer Cooper ran from his house in pursuit of the offenders who were fleeing on a stolen horse-drawn milk wagon. Officer Cooper boarded a passing truck and followed them in an attempt to make an arrest. They exchanged gunfire, and Officer Cooper was shot and killed.

 

Police Officer Joseph E. Bell
DOD:  12-23-1926
Age:  31
Date of Appointment:
Years of Service:
Unit: 12th and Pine Street Station

Police Officer Bell, while patrolling his beat in the 2100 block of Lombard Street at 2:15am, asked an individual sitting on a step what his he was doing there, when the offender shot and killed him. He was 31 years-old.

 

Police Officer William Slook
DOD:  01-14-1927
Date of Appointment:  02-05-1913
Years of Service:  13 Years
Unit:  9th District

Police Officer Slook, assigned to the 9th District, was patrolling his beat at 16th and Callowhill Streets at approximately 1:30am when he observed a speeding car driving without headlights on 16th Street. He pursued the car in a taxi cab, and finally apprehended them at Ridge Avenue and Ogden Streets. Officer Slook searched the driver and when he determined the driver was unarmed, he put his weapon away. Another offender who was sitting in the rear of the vehicle then shot and killed Officer Slook. He was 37 years-old, served with the Department for 13 years, and is survived by his son.

 

Police Officer Robert A. McGarvey
DOD:  02-24-1927
Date of Appointment:  03-31-1920
Years of Service:  6 Years
Unit: 20th and Fitzwater Street Station

Police Officer McGarvey, along with a fellow officer, entered a saloon at the corner of 19th and Bainbridge Streets at approximately 8:30am. Several hours later, he was shot and killed by an offender during an argument. He was 26 years-old and served with the Department for 6 years. 

 

Police Officer John J. Watson
DOD:  04-18-1927
Date of Birth:  03-31-1867
Date of Appointment:  04-13-1892
Years of Service:  35 Years
Unit:  61st and Thompson Streets Station

Police Officer Watson, assigned to the 61st and Thompson Streets Station, died as a result of gas inhalation, while carrying two gas victims from their home at 251 North Robinson Street. He was 60 years-old and served with the Department for 35 years.

 

Police Officer Edward C. Plenskofski
DOD:  08-08-1927
Date of Birth:  05-04-1893
Date of Appointment:  09-15-1923
Years of Service:  3 Years
Unit:  4th and Snyder Streets Station

Police Officer Plenskofski, assigned to the 4th and Snyder Streets Station, was investigating an auto accident at 5th Street and Snyder Avenue a few hours after starting his vacation on August 7, 1927.  He was accidentally struck by a trolley car and died from his injuries the following day. He was 34 years-old and served with the Department for 3 years.

 

Police Officer Gottlob Klemmer
DOD:  09-11-1927
Date of Birth:  05-17-1874
Date of Appointment:  03-15-1905
Years of Service:  22 Years
Unit: Rising Sun and Benner Street Station

Police Officer Klemmer succumbed to his wounds received from being shot while on duty in January 1919. He was 53 years-old and served with the Department for 22 years.

 

Police Officer Charles A. Fry
DOD:  02-21-1928
Date of Appointment:  08-01-1927
Years of Service:  6 Months
Unit:  6th District

Police Officer Fry, assigned to the 6th District, was detailed to a grocery store at 1325 East Passyunk Avenue on January 1, 1928 at 1:40am. Three offenders broke into the rear of the store, and while attempting to apprehend them, Officer Fry was shot and wounded. He succumbed to his wounds nearly seven weeks later. He was 25 years-old and served with the Department for 6 months.

 

Detective Joseph Etriss
DOD:  03-25-1928
Date of Appointment:  05-26-1917
Years of Service:  10 Years
Unit:  34th District

Detective Etriss, assigned to the 34th District, pursued a man who had attacked his wife on the street into a location at 1808 South 13th Street at 3:15am, and was shot and killed by the offender. He was 37 years-old and served with the Department for 10 years.

 

Police Officer Harry Feinberg
DOD:  03
Date of Appointment:  1925
Years of Service:  3 Years
Unit: 26th and York Street Station

Officer Feinberg, assigned to the 26th and York Street Station, observed two men acting suspiciously at the P.R.T. bus terminal and gas station, located at Carlisle Street below Huntingdon Avenue at 11:45pm.  When he approached them they fled the scene by car along with two other men. One of the offenders fired a shot as they were leaving, killing Officer Feinberg. He was 30 years-old and served with the Department for 3 years. 

 

Police Officer Charles Sheer
DOD:  12-10-1928
Date of Appointment:  01-08-1909
Years of Service:  19 Years
Unit:  Traffic Division

Police Officer Sheer, assigned to the Traffic Division, was killed when he was struck by a Philadelphia Rapid Transit (PRT) trolley car while on traffic duty on the highway, at 9th and Walnut Streets. He was 47 years-old and served with the Department for 19 years. 

 

Inspector John W. Blackburn
DOD:  01-17-1929
Date of Appointment:  12-20-1904
Years of Service:  24 Years
Unit:  5th District

Inspector Blackburn, assigned to the 5th District, along with his squad, was attempting to remove a barricaded man from his room at 401 Mermaid Lane.  The individual first shot Officer Joseph Lawrence, the Inspector’s driver, and then shot and killed Inspector Blackburn. He is survived by his wife and three children, and served with the Department for 24 years.

 

Police Officer James M. Justice
DOD:  03-01-1929
Date of Appointment:  04-04-1924
Years of Service:  4 Years
Unit:  Motor Traffic Division

Police Officer Justice, assigned to the Motor Traffic Division, was returning to his motorcycle after making a car stop at Chew and Johnson Streets at 8:00pm, when he was struck by a car. He was 39 years-old and served with the Department for four years.

 

Police Officer Michael Donnelly
DOD:  04-12-1929
Date of Appointment:  01-02-1922
Years of Service:  5 Years
Unit: 7th and Carpenter Street Station

Police Officer Donnelly, assigned to the 7th and Carpenter Street Station, was responding to the screams of a woman whose store was being robbed at 7:45pm. The offender fled, jumping over a fence, and when Officer Donnelly kicked the gate, the offender shot and killed him. He was 33 years-old and served with the Department for 5 years.

 

Police Officer William T. Page
DOD:  04-21-1929
Date of Appointment:  12-17-1913
Years of Service:  15 Years
Unit:  19th District

Police Officer Page, assigned to the 19th District, was patrolling his beat at 24th and Delancey Streets at 1:30am, and was shot and killed without any warning near the Delancey Street Garage. He was 40 years-old and served with the Department for 15 years. 

 

Police Officer Vincent B. O’Donnell
DOD:  09-26-1929
Date of Appointment:  01-03-1918
Years of Service:  11 Years
Unit:  39th District

Police Officer O’Donnell, assigned to the 39th District, succumbed to his injuries received while subduing three armed offenders whom he stopped for investigation on August 17, 1929. He was 35 years-old and served with the Department for 11 years.

 

Police Officer Phillip A. Bruce
DOD:  11-09-1929
Age:  35
Date of Appointment:  11-24-1924
Years of Service:  5 Years
Unit:  17th District

Police Officer Bruce, assigned to the 17th District, was driving to the scene of a fire in a patrol car when his vehicle collided with a fire engine, also en route to the scene, on the highway at 29th and Dickinson Streets. He was 35 years-old and served with the Department for 5 years.

 

Asst. Superintendent James J. Hearn
DOD:  11-27-1930
Date of Appointment:  09-24-1891
Years of Service:  39 Years
Unit:

Asst. Superintendent Hearn died of a heart attack while on duty at a fire at the Horticultural Hall. He was 62 years-old and served with the Department for 39 years.

 

Police Officer John Kleen
DOD:  02-27-1931
Date of Appointment:  01-22-1918
Years of Service:  13 Years
Unit:

Police Officer Kleen died from injuries received in an accident with another vehicle while driving his patrol wagon. He was 43 years-old and served with the Department for 13 years.

 

Police Officer Elmer Patterson
DOD:  06-06-1931
Date of Birth:  05-18-1881
Date of Appointment:  3-16-1909
Years of Service:  22 Years
Unit:  3rd and Delancy Streets Station

Police Officer Patterson, assigned to the 3rd and Delancey Streets Station, was killed when his patrol car collided with a truck, while en route to the scene of an accident at the PSFS (Philadelphia Savings Fund Society) Building, at 12th and Market Streets. He was 50 years-old and served with the Department for 22 years.

 

Captain Harry B. Price
DOD:  06-20-1931
Date of Appointment:  10-05-1911
Years of Service:  19 Years
Unit:  Motor Harbor Unit

Captain Price, assigned as the Commanding Officer of the Motor Harbor Unit, was on a police boat when the engine exploded while docked at the Penn Treaty Park wharf on June 6, 1931, as a result of a build-up of gas fumes. Captain Price later died of his injuries. He was 49 years-old and served with the Department for 19 years.

 

Police Officer Raymond Carey
DOD:  07-13-1931
Age:  36
Date of Appointment: 10-15-1921
Years of Service:  9 Years
Unit:  42nd District

Police Officer Carey, assigned to the 42nd District at 61st and Thompson Streets, was giving directions to a truck driver on the corner of 52nd and Lancaster Avenue when a car struck the truck, pinning Officer Carey between the truck and a trolley car. He was 36 years-old and served with the Department for 9 years.

 

Detective Edwin J. Gahan
DOD:  08-15-1931
Date of Birth:  12-08-1900
Date of Appointment:  04-03-1926
Years of Service:  5 Years
Unit:  Detective Headquarters

Detective Gahan, assigned to Detective Headquarters, City Hall, was accidentally shot by a fellow policeman, while they were both engaged in a gun battle with several offenders on the highway, at 10th and Catherine Streets on August 13, 1931.  He succumbed to his wounds two days later. He was 30 years-old and served with the Department for 5 years.

 

Police Officer Joseph V. Campbell, Jr.
DOD:  10-23-1931
Date of Appointment:  11-20-1929
Years of Service:  1 Year
Unit:  39th District

Police Officer Campbell, assigned to the 39th District, was shot and killed by an escaped convict from the State Prison of Trenton, New Jersey while on duty. He was 29 years-old and served with the Department for 1 year.

 

Police Officer Thomas J. Fitzgerald
DOD:  11-07-1931
Date of Appointment:  05-17-1930
Years of Service:  6 Months
Unit:  Motor Bandit Unit

Police Officer Fitzgerald, assigned to the Motor Bandit Unit, was riding his motorcycle when he was struck and killed by a drunk driver at Roosevelt Boulevard and Foulkrod Street. He was 34 years-old and served with the Department for 6 months.

 

Police Officer Albert J. Stokes
DOD:  02-03-1932
Date of Appointment:  04-29-1912
Years of Service:  19 Years
Unit:  42nd Street Station

Police Officer Stokes, assigned to the 42nd District, was cleaning the windows of the police station when he accidentally fell to his death. He was 56 years-old and served with the Department for 19 years.

 

Sergeant Walter Steinbaker
DOD:  02-21-1932
Date of Birth:  03-03-1897
Date of Appointment:  08-08-1922
Years of Service:  9 Years
Unit: York Road and Champlost Station

Sergeant Steinbaker, assigned to the York Road and Champlost Station, was fatally injured when he lost control of his police motorcycle while in pursuit of a suspect wanted for a hold-up in the vicinity of  "G" Street and Wyoming Avenue. He was 34 years-old and served with the Department for 9 years.

 

Police Officer William J. Henderson
DOD:  03-03-1932
Date of Appointment:  12-9-1919
Years of Service:  23 Years
Unit:  Germantown Station

Police Officer Henderson, assigned to the Germantown Station, was shot and killed at 54th Street and Woodland Avenue by four unknown offenders at 1:30pm. He was 43 years-old and served with the Department for 23 years.

 

Police Officer David H. Wiley
DOD:  04-10-1932
Date of Appointment:  10-05-1925
Years of Service:  6 Years
Unit:

Police Officer Wiley, while on foot patrol, encountered a cigar store being held up by three offenders at 329 Market Street. The driver of the get away car outside of the store shot and killed Officer Wiley as he approached the scene. He was 31 years-old and served with the Department for 6 years.

 

Police Officer Nolan E. Tipton
DOD:  06-25-1932
Date of Appointment:
Unit:  Motor Bandit

Police Officer Tipton, assigned to the Motor Bandit Squad at 55th and Pine Streets, while in pursuit of a suspected traffic violator driving an automobile on Chestnut Street between 46th and 47th Streets on the evening of June 24, 1932, was struck and killed by another car. He succumbed to his injuries the following day. He was 28 years-old.

 

Police Officer Joseph C. Meir
DOD:  07-07-1932
Date of Appointment:  02-05-1913
Years of Service:  19 Years
Unit:  19th District

Police Officer Meir, assigned to the 19th District, accidentally shot and killed himself while examining a fellow officer’s gun that he believed to be unloaded. He was 56 years-old and served with the Department for 19 years.  

 

 

Police Officer Isadore Reinheimer
DOD:  08-02-1932
Date of Appointment:  1919
Years of Service:  13 Years
Unit: 

Police Officer Reinheimer was shot and killed on the highway at Norris and Warnock Streets. He was 41 years-old and served with the department for 13 years.

 

Detective Michael G. Croskey
DOD:  12-07-1932
Age:  33
Date of Appointment:
Years of Service:
Unit:

Detective Croskey was stabbed and killed at Sloan Street south of Powelton Avenue. He was 33 years-old.

 

Police Officer Fred J. Dolan
DOD:  01-26-1933
Date of Appointment:  12-23-1931
Years of Service:  1 Year
Unit:

Police Officer Dolan was shot and killed on the highway at Leacy and Willow Streets. He was 27 years-old and served with the Department for 1 year.

 

Detective Louis Moore
DOD:  06-16-1933
Age:  34
Date of Appointment:
Years of Service: 5 Years
Unit:

Detective Moore was assaulted and injured while attempting to arrest a wanted offender. He was 34 years-old and served with the Department for 5 years.

 

Police Officer Charles H. Stockberger
DOD:  07-14-1933
Date of Appointment:  04-12-1911
Years of Service:  22 Years
Unit:

Police Officer Stockberger was shot and killed inside the Allied Kid Company at 519 West Huntingdon Street. He was 38 years-old and served with the Department for 22 years.

 

Police Officer Harry Donahue
DOD:  02-19-1934
Date of Appointment:  5-17-1926
Years of Service:  7 Years
Unit:  9th District

Police Officer Donahue, assigned to the 9th District, was shot and killed on the highway at 20th and Brandywine Streets. He was 38 years-old and served with the Department for 7 years.

 

Police Officer Robert Bushrod
DOD:  03-31-1934
Date of Appointment:  10-04-1918
Years of Service:  15 Years
Unit:

Police Officer Bushrod died as a result of injuries sustained while on duty. He was 56 years-old and served with the Department for 15 years.

 

Police Officer Matthew Clowry
DOD:  03-31-1934
Date of Appointment:  04-22-1912
Years of Service:  21 Years
Unit:  Commonwealth Building and Loan Association

Police Officer Clowry, assigned to the Belgrade and Clearfield Station, was detailed as a guard in the Commonwealth Building and Loan Association at Richmond and Indiana Streets, when he was shot by bandits who stole $1,000 on November 21, 1932. Officer Clowry finally succumbed to his injuries nearly a year and a half later. He was 54 years-old and served with the Department for 21 years.

 

Police Officer Alphonso Bonavitacola
DOD:  07-28-1934
Age:  49
Date of Appointment:
Years of Service:
Unit: 7th and Carpenter Street Station

Police Officer Bonavitacola, assigned to the 7th and Carpenter Street Station, was on his way home after completing a tour of duty when he was struck and killed by an auto at 22nd Street and Snyder Avenue.

 

Police Officer William C. Wilson
DOD:  09-03-1934
Date of Appointment:
Years of Service:
Unit:  26th District

Police Officer Wilson, assigned to 26th District, was escorting the manager of the Kent Theatre to the Industrial Trust Company to make his nightly deposit, when he was approached and hit from behind by a suspect at approximately 10:30p.m. Officer Wilson was then shot and killed by the offender.

 

Police Officer Paul Hathaway
DOD:  10-04-1934
Age:  34
Date of Appointment:
Years of Service:
Unit:  Motorcycle Squad

Police Officer Hathway, assigned to the Motorcycle Squad at York Road and Champlost Avenue, was responding to a report of a robbery on the highway at F Street & Roosevelt Blvd., when he accidentally struck a parked car at Old York Road and Belfield Avenue, and was killed shortly before midnight. He was 34 years-old.

  

Police Officer Edwin W. Welsh
DOD:  11-10-1934
Date of Appointment:  12-23-1931
Years of Service:  2 Years
Unit:

Police Officer Welsh, assigned to the Motorcycle Squad, was riding in the sidecar of a motorcycle when he was hit by an auto whose driver was under the influence at Salem Street and Torresdale Avenue. He served with the Department for two years.

 

Police Officer William Bunker Hinchliffe
DOD:  04-24-1935
Age:  32
Date of Appointment:  08-12-1931
Years of Service:  3 Years
Unit:  20th District

Police Officer Hinchliffe, assigned to the 20th District, was riding on his Police Motorcycle, in pursuit of a vehicle when he crashed at Belgrade and Orthodox Streets on April 23, 1935. He succumbed to his injuries at 1:22am the following morning. He was 32 years-old and served with the Department for 3 years.

 

Police Officer William H. McCloskey
DOD:  05-05-1935
Date of Appointment:  05-17-1930
Years of Service:  5 Years
Unit:  14th District

Police Officer McCloskey, assigned to the 14th District, died in an auto accident at Queen Lane and Wissahickon Avenue, while in pursuit of a stolen vehicle. He was 37 years-old and served with the Department for 5 years.

 

Police Officer Thomas J. McErlane
DOD:  07-04-1935
Date of Appointment:
Years of Service:
Unit:

Police Office McErlane, along with two other officers, was struck by an automobile while on traffic duty at Delaware Avenue and Callowhill Street. Police Officer McErlane died as a result of his injuries. He was 38 years-old.

 

Police Officer James T. Morrow
DOD:  11-23-1936
Age:  32
Date of Appointment:
Years of Service:
Unit:

Police Officer Morrow was shot by an unknown offender as he patrolled on foot in a field near the Sears-Roebuck store, at Adams and Whitaker Avenues, at approximately 7:00pm. He was 32 years-old.

 

Park Guard Michael McKenna
DOD:  05-17-1937
Date of Appointment:
Years of Service:
Unit:

Park Guard McKenna had just rescued a victim from drowning in the Wissahickon Creek, and was transporting him to the hospital when his vehicle struck a large boulder, killing him as he was standing on the running board.

 

Park Guard Martin Clasby
DOD:  12-31-1937
Date of Appointment:  
Years of Service:
Unit:

Park Guard Clasby was directing traffic at the intersection of Belmont Avenue and Georges Hill Drive, when he was struck and killed by two cars which collided at the intersection.

 

Police Officer Henry Berry
DOD:  03-30-1938
Date of Appointment:
Years of Service:  11 Years
Unit:  8th District

Police Officer Berry, assigned to the 8th District, was shot and killed on the highway 8th and Parrish Streets. He served with the Department for 11 years.

1900s to 1910s Book Issue

Police Officer Charles O. Conaway #634
DOD:  11-10-1900
Date of Appointment:  05-03-1897
Years of Service:  3 Years
Unit:

Annual Report of the Superintendent of Police for the year 1900

From the Director of Public Safety Abraham L. English, Esq., January 1, 1901, page 37
There were thirty-one deaths in the Bureau during the year, the same in number as last year, and were as follows
:

One Lieutenant, John J. Hallowell; one house sergeant, J. S. Hoagland; one pilot, Henry C. West; one assistant Clerk, George L. Rubicam; one substitute officer; twenty-six patrolmen, one whom, Charles Conway, died from injuries received in the discharge of duty.  Conway was crushed between cars of the Union Traction Company in election might while trying to save the life of a woman on Market Street.  Conway died from his injuries in Jefferson Hospital.

 

Police Officer Edward George #637
DOD:  12-27-1902
Age:  60
Date of Appointment:  01-01-1872
Years of Service:  30 Years
Unit:

One policeman was almost instantly killed and two others were severely injured in a collision about 4 o’clock this morning between the patrol wagon of the 10th and Thompson street police station and a was bound Columbia Ave. car at 11th street.  The dead man is Edward George, aged sixty years, a patrolman.  He lived at 1953 N. Warnock street.  The injured are Andrew Hamilton, one of the best known patrolman in the city, formerly special policeman and now acting Sergeant and E. A. Brewer, the driver.  Hamilton and Brewer are in St. Joseph’s Hospital, to which institution they had been hurried at once.  Both are severely injured but will recover, the physicians say.  Brewer  struck the street on his head.  Hamilton sustained a painful injury to his hip.  The patrol wagon was partially wrecked by the force of the collision and the front of the car was damaged but the motorman J. Ford 2157 Corless Street escaped unhurt.  The cause of the accident is not definitely known.  Police Lieutenant Nipper has ordered Rush and Bannester his special officers to make an investigation and the Rapid Transit Company officials are also seeking information on the same subject.  Coroner Dugan’s detective McKenry was also assigned to the case when George’s death was reported at the Coroner’s office.  From the accounts given by the injured policeman the patrol wagon was proceeding North on 11th street on its way back to the patrol house.  The crew had been called out to take William Fisher of 1910 Mervine Street from 12th street and Columbia Ave. to the station house at 10th and Thompson street for being drunk.  On the return trip the horses traveled at a lively galt and Sergeant Hamilton sounded the gong at frequent intervals when approaching street crossings.  He said it was rung twice just before the horses reached Columbia Avenue and if the motorman did not hear the sound, it must have been because he was so muffled up in heavy clothing that his hearing was affected.  The car contained few passengers and as the way seemed it was speeding along.  The patrol driver Brewer whipped up the horses as he saw that the collision was inevitable thinking he would be able to clear the truck.  Ford shut off the current and applied the air brakes but he could not check the speed of his car before it struck the patrol wagon full in the right rear wheel.  It careened over and the three men were thrown out. George struck the street on his head and the wagon was thrown over on his body.  Hamilton and Brewer were projected a greater distance away and cleared the heavy vehicle, which was shoved along for several yards by the car before the latter came to a standstill.  A policeman, attracted by the noise, ran to the spot and immediately rang for assistance and an ambulance.  George, the dead policeman, was taken to St. Joseph Hospital, with Brewer and Hamilton.  It was not known until the hospital was reached that he had been almost instantly killed.  When the physicians pronounced him dead his body was removed to the home.  The horses were cut and scratched, but not seriously injured.  After the motorman and conductor’s names had been ascertained the police allowed them to proceed to the barn with their cars.  It will not be known weather Ford will be arrested or not until after the investigation to place the responsibility has been completed.

 


Police Officer John J. Donovan
DOD:  09-25-1903
Age:  24
Date of Appointment:  03-15-1902
Years of Service:  1.5 Years
Unit:  20th District

Policeman John Donovan, Patrolman of the 15th and Vine street station who was shot in an exciting chase after an alleged burglar.  At 17th and Chestnut streets September 23, 1903, died of  his injuries this afternoon in the Medico-Chirurgical Hospital.  Officer Donovan was twenty-four years old and had been on the force only eighteen months.  He and Lynch a fellow policeman of the Twentieth District had been detailed to watch for burglars in the neighborhood of 17th and Market street where there have been several robberies lately.  Early yesterday morning they saw Samuel Acher a colored man trying to force doors of stores along market street above 17th street in the attempt to arrest Archer Donovan was mortally shot once.  Several policeman joined in the chase after Archer.  Archer was shot four times.  It was said at the Hospital this afternoon that Archer was doing nicely and has a chance for recovery.  Officer Donovan was survived by his mother and father John and Helena Donovan from 2216 Race street.  

 

Police Officer Matthew J. Curran
DOD:  05-26-1905
Age:  28
Date of Appointment:  12-02-1904
Years of Service:   5 Months
Unit:  Front and Master Street Station

Police Officer Curran was shot and killed at 1304 Frankford Avenue.

 

Police Officer Thomas A. Sheldon
DOD:  01-06-1906
Date of Appointment:  11-20-1903
Years of Service:  2 Years
Unit:

Policeman Sheldon died of injuries received while on duty.

 

Police Officer Frank Slaymaker
DOD:  06-06-1906
Age:  23
Date of Appointment:  11-02-1905
Years of Service:   7 Months
Unit: 8th District

Policeman Slaymaker had arrested two offenders wanted on suspicion of robbery at 8th and Vine Streets on May 27, 1906. While taking the offenders to the call box, one of the offenders drew a pistol and fired at him. He later died of his wounds.

 

Police Officer August F. Brusius
DOD:  02-23-1907
Date of Appointment:  05-31-1906
Years of Service:  9 Months
Unit:  26th District

Police Officer Brusius, assigned to the 26th District, was shot to death on the highway at Frankford Avenue and Huntingdon Street while attempting to make an arrest.

 

Police Officer Scott H. Shelley
DOD:  01-05-1908
Age:  48
Date of Appointment:  05-05-1897
Years of Service:  11 Years
Unit:

Police Officer Shelley was accidentally knocked down by a team of runaway horses on December 29, 1907. He later died of his head injuries.

 

Police Officer Thomas Gordon
DOD:  04-09-1908
Date of Appointment:
Years of Service:
Unit:

Police Officer Gordon was accidentally shot by a gunsmith’s wife inside of 210 South Street on April 8, 1908. He was attempting to return the gun for another.

 

Police Officer Edward Mooney
DOD:  12-19-1908
Age:  28
Date of Appointment:  05-03-1897
Years of Service:  3 Years
Unit:  17th District Sub-Station

Police Officer Mooney died of injuries received when he was accidentally hit by by a trolley car at 25th Street and Point Breeze Avenue. He served with the Department for 3 years.

 

Police Officer Robert Simons
DOD:  02-17-1909
Date of Appointment:  04-09-1897
Years of Service:  12 Years
Unit:

Police Officer Simons was fatally injured when he was accidentally hit by a freight train at 52nd Street and the Pennsylvania Reading Railroad. He served with the Department for 12 years.

 

Police Officer Walter S. Gideon
DOD:  07-05-1909
Age:  44
Date of Appointment:  07-31-1908
Years of Service:  11 Months
Unit:  28th District

Police Officer Gideon, assigned to the 28th District, was fatally shot while on duty. He served with the Department for 11 months.

 

Police Officer James O’Brien
DOD:  02-04-1910
Date of Appointment:
Years of Service:
Unit: 3rd District

Police Officer O’Brien died as a result of burns received while attempting to put out a fire at the residence of 531 Pine Street.

 

Police Officer William Weiss
DOD:  05-08-1910
Age:  50
Date of Appointment:  05-1888
Years of Service:  22 Years
Unit:

Police Officer Weiss was hit by a circus chariot while saving the lives of three children. He had served with the Department for 22 years.

 

Special Officer George Barnett
DOD:  11-28-1910
Date of Appointment:
Years of Service:
Unit:  33rd Street and Woodland Avenue Station

Special Officer Barnett was shot and killed on the highway at 42nd and Pine Streets while making an arrest. Before succumbing to his injuries, he was able to shoot and kill the offender.

 

Police Officer Morris Gelles
DOD:  12-22-1910
Age:  26
Date of Appointment:  2-1-1908
Years of Service:  2 Years
Unit: 10th and Buttonwood Street Station

Police Officer Gelles was carrying the body of a fireman from the scene of a fire at 1114-20 North Bodine Street when a wall collapsed, killing him. He served with the Department for 2 years.

 

Police Officer Joseph Dolphin
DOD:  02-17-1912
Age:  34
Date of Appointment:  07-15-1907
Years of Service:  4 Years
Unit: Hall of Schuykill Station

Police Officer Dolphin, assigned to the Mounted Unit, died as a result of injuries he received when he was struck by a trolley at 31st and Midvale Streets after his horse bolted.  He was killed instantly. He served with the Department for 4 years.

 

Police Officer Thomas Dowling
DOD:  06-26-1912
Age:  24
Date of Appointment:  07-11-1911
Years of Service:  11 Months
Unit: 3rd Street and Fairmount Avenue Station

Police Officer Dowling was shot and instantly killed on the highway, 5th and Vine Streets, by a 17 year old thief.

 

Police Officer John Mann
DOD:  08-04-1912
Age:  34
Date of Appointment:  08-25-1908
Years of Service:  4 Years
Unit:

Police Officer Mann was shot and killed on the highway at 13th and Pearl Streets. He served with the Department for 4 years.

 

Police Officer David M. Simpson
DOD:  09-21-1912
Age:  26
Date of Appointment:  08-01-1909
Years of Service:  2 Years
Unit:  20th and Fitzwater Street Station

Police Officer Simpson, while attempting to make an off-duty arrest, was stabbed to death on the highway at 19th and Federal Streets. He was 26 years-old and served with the Department for 2 years.

 

Police Officer George Freeman
DOD:  09-24-1912
Date of Appointment:  03-11-1893
Years of Service:  18 Years
Unit:  29th District

Police Officer Freeman die as a result of electrocution at 53rd Street and Haverford Avenue while making a pull on the police call box. He served with the Department for 18 years.

 

Police Officer Frank A. Sankey
DOD:  09-18-1914
Age:  28
Date of Appointment:  01-14-1911
Years of Service:  2 Years
Unit:

Frank A. Sankey, a policeman of the 61st Street and Thompson street station died at 2:10 o’clock this morning in the West Philadelphia Homeopathic Hospital as the result of being shot early last Sunday morning by Levada Henry a negro, of Summer street west  of 56th whom he was trying to arrest.  Henry was arrested subsequently by other policemen and was held without bail to await the result of Sankey’s injury.  He will be arraigned for further hearing tomorrow morning and the charge will be changed to murder.  The negro according to the police is an old offender. When he created a disturbance at 56th and Vine street early Sunday morning Sankey was called upon to arrest him.  The negro gave battle and during the struggle draw a revolver and fired, the bullet entering Sankey’s abdomen.  The policeman collapsed and Henry fled to his home, where he went to the roof and was followed by his family.

 

Detective James Maneely
DOD:  03-25-1915
Date of Appointment:
Years of Service:  18 Years
Unit: Central Station

Detective Maneely and partner Detective Tucker had arrested an offender wanted  on a burglary warrant.  Enroute to the police station, the offender was permitted to urinate in an alley in the vicinity of Cambria Street, west of Trenton Street.  While in the alley, the offender shot and killed Detective Maneely, and wounded Detective Tucker, who succumbed to his injuries one month later on April 24, 1915. He served with the Department for 18 years. 

 

Detective Harry E. Tucker
DOD:  04-24-1915
Date of Appointment:  01-14-1903
Years of Service:  11 Years
Unit: Central Station

Detective Tucker and partner Detective Maneely had arrested an offender wanted  on a burglary warrant.  Enroute to the police station, the offender was permitted to urinate in an alley in the vicinity of Cambria Street, west of Trenton Street.  While in the alley, the offender shot and killed Detective Maneely, and wounded Detective Tucker, who succumbed to his injuries one month later on April 24, 1915. 

 

Police Officer Vincent J. Moore
DOD:  08-11-1916
Date of Appointment:  03-10-1913
Years of Service:  3 Years
Unit:

Police Officer Moore was taking an injured boy to the hospital on January 17, 1916 when his vehicle was struck by another auto at Broad Street and Girard Avenue. Police Officer Moore succumbed to his injuries seven months later on August 11, 1916.

 

Police Officer John F. Smith
DOD:  10-28-1916
Age:  28
Date of Appointment:  09-10-1912
Years of Service:  4 Years
Unit: 7th District

Police Officer Smith entered a saloon at 2nd and Poplar Streets to make an arrest.  The offender struck Officer Smith with his fist, causing him to fall and hit his head, fatally wounding him. He was 28 years-old and served the Department for four years.

 

Police Officer Fredrick J. Weingard
DOD:  07-23-1917
Age: 31
Date of Appointment:  04-30-1917
Years of Service:  3 Months
Unit: Frankford Station

Police Officer Weingard was shot and killed on the highway at Torresdale Avenue and Bridge Street. He was 31 years-old and served with the Department for 3 months.

 

Detective Frank J. McCartney
DOD:  08-30-1917
Date of Appointment:
Years of Service:
Unit:  37th District

Detective McCartney, assigned to the 37th District, was attempting to make an arrest at Perry and Shunk Streets when he was shot and killed by the offender.

 

Police Officer George Eppley
DOD:  09-19-1917
Age:  32
Date of Appointment:  07-22-1910
Years of Service:  6 Years
Unit:

Policeman Eppley was shot and killed while on duty inside of 607 Delancey Street during a fight over the election. He was 32 years-old and served with the Department for 6 years.

 

Detective George L. Williams
DOD:  01-09-1918
Age:  54
Date of Appointment:  12-15-1906
Years of Service:  11 Years
Unit: City Hall

Detective Williams was shot and killed by the offenders inside of a saloon at 16th and South Streets while attempting to make an arrest. Detective Williams was the first African American police officer to die in the line of duty in Philadelphia. He was 54 years-old and served the Department for 11 years.


Police Officer Charles Dewees
DOD:  01-12-1918
Age:  53
Date of Appointment:  10-28-1890
Years of Service:  28 Years
Unit:  14th District

Police Officer Dewees, assigned to the 14th District, was leading a police horse-drawn van from the 14th district to the 39th district, when the horses became frightened and he was thrown to the pavement. Officer Dewees later succumbed to his injuries. He was 53 years-old and served with the Department for 28 years. 

 

Police Officer Thompson Black
DOD:  01-18-1918
Age:  50
Date of Appointment:  03-26-1892
Years of Service:  25 Years
Unit:  20th and Federal Street Station

Police Officer Black was responding to a house at 2210 Garrett Street, where the offender was making threats against a woman. The offender awaited upstairs for the officer’s arrival, and shot and killed him. He was 50 years-old and served with the Department for 25 years.

 

Police Officer James Wilson
DOD:  01-21-1918
Age:  42
Date of Appointment:  10-21-1912
Years of Service:  5 Years
Unit:  30th District

Police Officer Wilson, assigned to the 30th District, was on patrol, watching for thieves on the Pennsylvania Railroad, when he was struck by a freight train and killed instantly at "G" and Front Streets. He was 42 years-old and served with the Department for 5 years.

 

Police Officer Thomas J. McVay
DOD:  07-28-1918
Date of Appointment:  08-09-1917
Years of Service:  9 Months
Unit:

Policeman McVay was shot and killed during a race riot at 2700 Titan Street. He served with the Department for 9 months.

 

Police Officer George Dingwall
DOD:  01-27-1919
Age:  37
Date of Appointment:  02-01-1910
Years of Service:  8 Years
Unit:  8th District

Police Officer Dingwall, assigned to the 8th District, was in foot pursuit of a male wanted for wounding another person. The offender turned and shot and killed Police Officer Dingwall at 13th Street and Mt. Verson. The offender was later  surrounded by police at 13th and Oliver Streets, and continued firing his gun, killing another member of the Department, Police Officer Knox. Police Officer Dingwall was 37 years-old and served with the Department for 8 years.

 

Police Officer John J. Knox
DOD:  01-27-1919
Age:  38
Date of Appointment:  01-20-1911
Years of Service:  8 Years
Unit:  8th District

Police Officer Knox, assigned to the 8th District, was shot and killed by an offender at 13th and Oliver Streets, after fleeing police in a foot pursuit. The offender had shot and killed another member of the Department, Police Officer  Dingwall in an earlier confrontation. Police Officer Knox was 38 years-old and served with the Department for 8 years.

 

Police Officer Charles Danowitz
DOD:  03-09-1919
Date of Appointment:  04-30-1918
Years of Service:  8 Months
Unit:

Police Officer Danowitz was responding to the scene of a reported burglary at the Pennsylvania Railroad Station at 20th and Tioga Streets. Two other police officers were also responding at the same time to the call, unbeknownst to Officer Danowitz, who was shot and killed accidentally by his peers inside of the station. He served with the Department for 8 months.

 

Police Officer James J. Hess
DOD:  03-14-1919
Age:  31
Date of Appointment:  05-13-1918
Years of Service:  10 Months
Unit: 15th and Snyder Avenue Station

Police Officer Hess, while inside DiGildo’s Saloon, unknowingly had his revolver removed from his holster. He exited the bar, and then went back inside to look for his service weapon. Officer Danowitz became engaged in a struggle for his weapon with the offender and was shot and killed. He was 31 years-old and served the Department for 10 months.

 

Police Officer Joseph T. Swiercynski
DOD:  03-20-1919
Age:  27
Date of Appointment:  04-25-1917
Years of Service:  1 year
Unit: 2nd District

Police Officer Swiecynski, assigned to the 2nd District, was in pursuit of men wanted for a possible robbery. Upon entering a saloon at 9th and Fitzwater Streets, he was shot and killed by a reported several offenders. He was 27 years-old and served with the Department for 1 year.

 

Police Officer Abner Braun
DOD:  05-27-1919
Date of Appointment:
Years of Service:
Unit:

Police Officer Braun, a motorcycle officer, was shot and kiled at Bensalem Pike above Bustleton Pike, while attempting to apprehend two males fleeing in a stolen vehicle.

 

Police Officer Conrad E. Gibson
DOD:  10-04-1919
Date of Appointment:  10-12-1905
Years of Service:  14 years
Unit:  17th District

Police Officer Gibson, assigned to the 17th District, accidentally shot himself when he dropped his revolver while exiting his vehicle in front of the District Station house. He served with the Department for 14 years.

 

Police Officer Charles B. Jones
DOD:  10-05-1919
Age:  35
Date of Appointment:  05-12-1917
Years of Service:  1 Year
Unit: 12th and Pine Street Station

Police Officer Jones, in civilian clothes, attempted to stop a street gambling game on the sidewalk at 13th and Rodman Streets.  He was attacked by the offenders, and shot and killed. He was 35 years-old and served with the Department for 1 year.

1700s to 1800s Book Issue

 

In Memory

The Philadelphia Police Department has a long and proud history of honor, integrity and service to the community.  These words are the hallmark by which all officers strive to conduct themselves.  Sadly, and all too frequently, in the pursuit of these ideals those who choose to serve must make the supreme sacrifice for their dedication. The following report is a compilation of information regarding those Philadelphia Police and Fairmount Park Police Officers who have died while on duty.  It spans a period of 215 years of service and sacrifice.  Beginning in 1797 when those charged with law enforcement were referred to as "watchman", and continuing to the present, it traces the tragic circumstances surrounding the deaths of 271 dedicated Philadelphia law enforcement officers.  A special note of gratitude is extended to former police officer Thomas Canty and police officer Roderick Scratchard for their assistance in the researching of historical data which helped contribute to the formation of this report.


1797  MAYOR HILARY (Hilarious) BAKER

Mayor Baker is the earliest known officer to die in the performance of duties.  He died of yellow fever. "During the time of the pestilence many awful occurrences took place.  Sick persons were found in the streets, suffering under the epidemic.  Putrefying bodies were discovered in the deserted houses in such a state of corruption that it was beyond the power of any one to recognize the remains.  Dead bodies were seen upon the commons and lots in the outskirts of the city.  People delirious from the fever running through the streets almost naked: and in some cases the screams of persons who were attacked with the malady were heard at a square’s distance from the houses in which they sufferers lay.  Imagination cannot picture the terrible reality of the scenes which then transpired."

 

"PRESS" the newspaper of the 1700’s."

During the height of the fever the newspaper offices suffered severely, editors of the Aurora, National Gazette, Gazette of the United States, the True American and the American Daily Advertiser, ceased publication in the early part of September.  Some of these editors died in the epidemic along with sixty-two others co-workers.  During this dreadful season three thousand six hundred and forty-five persons died from the effects of the fever in the City of Philadelphia.  Forty thousand of the population had fled the City of Philadelphia including George Washington and President John Adams along with the State and Government Official and Foreign Dignitaries.  There were about fifteen thousand residents who remained, upon whom the spreading infection could act.  Among the victims of this yellow fever was Hilary Baker, Mayor of the City of Philadelphia, who, during the prevalence of the disease, had discharged his duties without shrinking.  The Mayor set up the first paid Watchmen in a newly incorporated city.  By an Act of Congress and the Senate of the new United States Government and by City Assembly a bill was passed.  With a Patrol System he set in place as well as patrol logs completed by his officers, Mayor Hilary Baker traveled the rounds with his watchmen doing those jobs necessary to keep his City of Philadelphia safe.  He died on the 25th of September 1797 from the dreaded disease.

In November the City Councils of Philadelphia passes this resolutions

Resolved: "That Hilary Baker, late Mayor, deceased, whose fortitude, vigilance and zeal in the discharge of the duties of his office during the prevalence of the late calamitous fever (Yellow Fever) in this city was, in an eminent degree, instrumental in preserving the order and the Police of the said city, and in protecting the deserted property of the inhabitants from pillage and destruction, lost his life in rendering those important benefits to his fellow citizens.

"Resolved: That we hold his conduct in grateful remembrance and that a committee be appointed to report some eligible mode of making a just and suitable provision for his widow and children as a lasting testimonial of his service" (This committee, in February, 1798 recommended an appropriation of three thousand dollars to the widow as a compensation for the extra services of her husband.)  The proposition was at first lost in Common Council, by a vote of six to six, but it was reconsidered at the next meeting and carried. After Mayor Hilary Baker’s death, on October 16, 1797 Robert Wharton was elected Mayor and continued the paid "Watchmen" for the city.

Special Note: 

Mayor Hilary Baker was buried at the northeast corner of 8th and Race Streets, where a church yard use to set. His birth name was Hilarious Baker after his father, and what is so ironic is that the police department headquarters stands today on that location.


Watchman Steven Heimer
DOD:  1828
Date of Appointment: 
Years of Service:
Unit:

Watchman Heimer was killed at 3rd and George Streets. His murder precipitated a riot amongst the weavers in the area.

 

Watchman Neil Moone
DOD:  05-25-1856
Date of Appointment: 
Years of Service:
Unit:

Watchman Mooney, during rioting in Philadelphia, attempted to put out a fire on a lot at 8th and Fitzwater Streets.  While doing so, he was fatally shot by an unknown person.

 

Police Officer Dennis Sullivan #337
End of Watch:    06/14/1870
Appointment:       06/05/1856

Policeman Sullivan, 50 years old and born in Ireland died from the effects of a beating received on the night of 6/11/1870. When a disgraceful row occurred at Water and Callowhill street, on Sunday afternoon, about three o’clock, between a party of Hibernians, who had soaked themselves with whisky obtained in the immediate neighborhood.  Officer Sullivan, who attempted to quell the disturbance, was assaulted and beaten so badly that he is not expected to recover.  Two of the assailants, named James Mahony and James Cleclett, were arrested by Sergeants Gilichrist and Pauley and taken before Aldermen Toland and Cahill, who held them each in $1200 bail to answer.   The man Mahony was found by Sergeant Cilichrist stowed away in the loft of his residence.  Previous to his arrest Cleclett indulged in another fight at Newmarket and Callowhill street, during which he stabbed a man named David Finn.  Two of the combatants, named Cornelius Canney and Thomas McCaffery, were arrested and held to bail. Dr. William Taylor was the attending physician.  Officer Sullivan was buried in Cathedral Cemetery

 

Police Officer Lewis Lare #224
DOD:  08-21-1872
Date of Appointment:  01-01-1872
Years of Service:  8 Months
Unit:  5th District

Policeman Lewis H. Lare, of the fifth district, was shot at the south east corner of Broad and Chestnut street, between twelve and one o’clock this morning.  It seems the Elisha Warne a brother of the proprietor of the shooting gallery on Broad street, about Chestnut, and the superintendent of the establishment, was standing at the corner of Broad and Chestnut streets engaged in conversation with another man.  Policeman Lewis Lare, whose beat included the east side of Broad street, stepped up to the men and advised them to go home.  One of them left the other one Warne remained and had a few words with the officer.  He was again told to go home.  Then Warne began to talk about the new public building but Lare told him that the did not wish to have anything to do with him and taking him by the shoulder, started him off.  Warne, as it alleged crossed the street, when to the shooting gallery opening the door with a key and returned in about five minutes.  As he was passing out of the building, it is further alleged, he remarked to the proprietor of the billiard saloon, on the first floor, “I’m going for a policeman.”  Warne then walked pretty close to Lare and fired.  The ball took effect in the shoulder of Lare and passed downwards.  Warne was immediately seized by Policeman Miley, who happened to be on the other side of the street.  A struggle ensued, but it soon ended as Lieutenant Ellis who had been attracted by the shot, ran up.  He took from Warne a pistol, such as is generally used in shooting galleries.  The prisoner was then handed over to Policeman Burns, and was taken to the Eighth District Police Station.  Policeman Lare was then discovered supporting himself against a lamppost, and in response to an inquiry from Lieutenant Ellis as to what was the matter, said, “I’m shot; I’ve got it this time.’ A carriage was summoned, and the wounded man was taken to the Pennsylvania Hospital. where he past away.

 

Police Officer Daniel McGonigle #262
DOD:  10-09-1872
Date of Appointment:  01-01-1872
Years of Service:  10 Months
Unit:  7th District

Policeman Daniel McGonigle of the seventh District, was shot and killed by John O’Brien, in the saloon of William May, #702 North Second street, about eight o’clock last evening.  The statements of the affair last evening were very conflicting, and the police authorities did not seem disposed to give much information about it.  On one side it is stated that O’Brian had a dispute about politics and religion which ended in the shooting, and on the other side it is alleged that the two men had a difficulty and Officer McGonigle used his blackjack on O’Brian at second and Coates streets, and drove O'Brian into the saloon.  That is when McGonigle fell dead, McGonigle had a blackjack in his hand, and at the time O’Brian’s shirt was bloody.  

 

Police Officer Henry O’Donnell #893
DOD:  07-04-1876
Age:  35
Date of Appointment:  09-04-1873
Years of Service: 3 Years
Unit: Fairmount Park Station

Police Officer O’Donnell died as a result of sun stroke while stationed at Fairmount Park during the (United States Centennial Celebration.)

 

Police Officer George McGonigal #840 
DOD:  02-18-1877
Date of Appointment:  02-11-1875
Years of Service:  2 Years
Unit:  18th District

Policeman McGonigal, 33 years old, was shot two times by an ex-policeman who he was trying to arrest on the highway at Frankford Avenue and Norris Street.  He died at St. Mary’s Hospital. 

 

Police Officer George Jackson
DOD:  05-23-1887
Date of Appointment:  06-11-1872
Years of Service:  15 Years
Unit:

Police Officer Jackson died as a result of injuries sustained from a paving stone which was thrown at him at York and Beach Streets during a workers strike. Defendant Luke Feeney and Joseph McGlinn, both acquitted.

 

Police Officer William D. Johnston
DOD:  10-03-1887
Date of Appointment: 
Years of Service:
Unit:  16th District

William D. Johnston, a patrolman in the sixteenth district, living at 3951 Wallace street, was shot through the left breast early yesterday morning and died three hours later from the effects of the wound in the Presbyterian Hospital.  His assailant was an unknown man who had been acting suspiciously near the Powelton avenue station of the Pennsylvania Railroad, and whom the officer had attempted to arrest.  At midnight the policeman answered roll call at the station house at thirty-ninth and Lancaster avenue, and shortly after started out on his beat.  A half hour later he reached the Powelton avenue station at thirty-third waiting room and was met by Enoch Harris, the colored porter, who directed his attention toward a man who was walking by.  The policeman was informed by the porter that the stranger had been acting suspiciously around the depot for over two hours, and while in the waiting room Harris had asked him if he was expecting the arrival of a train.  “No, I’m not waiting for a train,” growled the man.  “I’m from Baltimore and am pretty hard up and unless I get something soon I’ll do something desperate”.  The reply, together with the manner in which his words were delivered, rather frightened the porter, although he determined to maintain a close watch on his movements.  The porter told the officer of his suspicions, and while they were conversing the unknown man walked in through them.  He passed down on the north side of Powelton avenue, and Patrolman Johnston, followed on the opposite side.  Observing that he was under surveillance, the man quickened his pace, as also did the officer.  Until they arrived at thirty-third street, when the stranger walked over to the northwest corner, where he hailed him with, “Say, I want to speak to you”.  In the meantime the man had made a movement as if to walk away, but when the officer called to him to halt he stopped and turned quickly around on his heel, facing him.  Johnston was unprepared, for this movement, and not until he was within four or five feet of he stranger did he anticipate resistance.  Therefore, when the man drew a revolver from his pocket he was unprepared for the movement.  Without any warning the pistol was leveled , and the hammer raised and fell twice in quick succession.  Before the weapon could be discharge the officer had drawn his revolver, but it was too late to defend himself, one of the bullets from the stranger’s pistol had entered his breast and passed completely through his body.  Johnston, fell on the pavement, and after a momentary struggle raised himself on his elbow and returned the fire.  The missiles flew wide of their mark, as his assailant was already fleeing from the scene.

 

Police Officer Elmer Findley
DOD:  12-29-1891
Age:  27
Date of Appointment:  05/1890 
Years of Service:  1 Year
Unit:  4th District

No such deliberate murder of a police officer had occurred in this city since the killing of Patrolman Johnston in the West Philadelphia about three years ago as that of last night, when Elmer E. Findley, of the Fourth District, living at 246 Crown street, was shot down by a burglar, who is now locked up. Findley died within three minutes after being taken into the Pennsylvania Hospital.  He fell while in the active performance of duty, and expired, unable to tell of his unknown murderer or the murder.  By his side, after he had received his death wound, was another brave Officer John J. Nesper, thought the subject, residing at No. 5 Starr avenue, who owes his own life to the erring aim of the man who had committed the first deed and was endeavoring to escape.   A HAND TO HAND STRUGGLE  it was half past eight o’clock when Officer Findley stood on the corner of Fourth and Commerce street.  Diagonally across from him was the rope, twine and yarn house of Colye & Coyle 30 North fourth and 401 and 403 Commerce street.  While he waited there a rather tall, slim, through well-knit man came out of the place.  The officer hailed him, and as the conflicting details can be shaped the two were quickly engaged in a desperate struggle.   How long they battled no one can tell.  Pistol shot after pistol shot rang out.  Some say two and other three.  Sub-officer Nesper heard them at Fourth and Market and ran to the rescue.  He turned the corner of Commerce street to find Findley and the unknown locked together on the pavement.   I’m shot, he heard Findley say, nothing more he seemed to relax his hold on his wiry assailant, and the latter sprang up and back with upraised revolver.  There was another hasty shot and the bullet whistled past Nester’s ear.  Again the man fired, and the shot struck the officer’s elbow, passing through the flesh to the bend of the left arm.  The officer was not daunted, but closed upon the burglar, grappled with him, clubbed the revolver from his hand, held him, as Findley had done, in the face of death and waited for the assistance that quickly came.  Thomas McChrystal, who had tended bar for Councilman Van Osten for twenty years or more was one of the first to reach the scene, and it is said clutched the struggling prisoner.  Other officers came, and then there was care for poor Findley who was lying in the street, life fast ending.  The patrol was summoned and there was tender but hasty raising of the prostrated officers a quick drive to the Pennsylvania Hospital, and in the receiving ward an instant effort to find the wounds.  As a message was speeding to the house of Magistrate McCarthy in the vain hope of obtaining an ante-mortem statement.  Though suffering from his wounded arm, Officer Nesper helped search the man.  The prisoner hung his head and said nothing.  Wouldn’t give his name or answer any questions or his residence.  He seemed to know his victim was dead.  That no one knew him, there was nothing on him by which he could be identified and he was taken back to one of cells.  The prisoner would not tell anything beyond the fact that he was “eighteen years of age last September”  through he is quoted as saying when asked if his head hurt him where he had been struck during the struggles in the street.  “Not as bad as the one that has gone”.  The detective could gain nothing.  They had no recollection of his face among the criminals they have met.  They received all the facts that were to be obtained from wounded Officer Nesper, and they went away to work on the case.  Officer Findley was only 27 years of age, and had been on the force since May of last year.  He was a brother of Casper W. Findley,  member of the Board of Education from the Sixth district and was 5 foot 11 inches and rather slender through well put together.  His previous life had been one of peril, as he had done service as both fright and passenger bakeman on the Pennsylvania and Reading Railroads.  It was because of the danger thus encountered that shortly after his marriage nearly three years ago he gave up his position and sought other employment.  His supervisor and brother officers speak of his traits of character in the highest terms that he was always cool and even tempered but determined in the performance of his duty.  Besides his wife he leaves one child a girl of less than two years.

 

 

Police Officer John Chambers #2613
DOD:  09-10-1894
Age:  36
Date of Appointment: 
Years of Service: 
Unit:  26th District

Rather than submit to capture, Charles G. McCloskey, shot down in cold blood Policeman John Chambers, of the Twenty-sixth district, who had gone to McCloskey’s home at 2531 East Dauphin Street, with a warrant for his arrest.  A large bullet pieced the policeman’s right breast.  His injuries are pronounced fatal and his assailant has long been known as a bad man generally, and has frequently been in the clutches of the police.  McCloskey is 50 years of age and has amassed quite a snug fortune.  Some time ago he was arrested and committed to the House of Correction on the complaint of his neighbors.  His attorney, John H. Fow, immediately took steps to secure his release, and by proving that his client had ample means he succeeded in having him discharged as not a proper prisoner for the House of Correction.  This fact, it is said, has made McCloskey worse than ever, and a few days ago a petition signed by fifty residents of the neighborhood was presented to the police protesting against McCloskey being allowed to carry on as he did, and also claiming that his house was disorderly.  On this petition a warrant was sworn out before Magistrate Kochersperger for his arrest and Lieutenant McGarvey placed it in the hands of Policeman Chambers to serve.  Accompanied by Officer Stewart, Officer Chambers went to McCloskey’s house and Chambers placed Officer Stewart to watch the rear entrance. Chambers, with the warrant in his hand, followed and as he stopped on the stairs McCloskey stood at the top muttered a bitter curse and then opened fire on the policeman at the bottom.  He had secured a Colt’s navy revolver and five reports rang out, in quick succession as he blazed away.  The second shot struck Chambers in the right breast and the ball passed entirely through the lung cavity, lodging in his back.  He went down with the warrant clasped to his breast in a vain effort to stop the blood pouring from his wound.  At the first shot Stewart rushed to his fellow officer’s rescue, but as he reached the stairs a bullet cut a gash through his coat, grazing the skin of his left side.  He luckily dragged Officer Chambers outside, despite the rain of bullets and called for the wagon.  With the wagon came Lieutenant McGarvey and Sergeant John Shaffer.  

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