1910 to 1919

BARNETT, GEORGE

KILLED IN THE LINE OF DUTY BY GUNSHOT
Appointed: October 6, 1897
End of Watch: November 28, 1910

Shot and mortally wounded by a man believed to be a burglar, with whom he had a terrific struggle in an alley at 41st and Pine Streets. Policeman, George Barnett, #2118, of the 33rd Street and Woodland Avenue station, expended his last strength in firing a bullet at his assailant, shooting him through the heart and killing him instantly. Three hours later Special Officer (detective) George Barnett died after giving account of the struggle.

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BLACK, THOMAS

KILLED IN THE LINE OF DUTY BY GUNSHOT
Appointed: March 26, 1892
End of Watch: January 17, 1918

Policeman who died from bullet wound caused by negro he tried to arrest.  Black was a member of the force more than twenty-five years and was appointed March 26, 1892. Thompson Black a policeman of the 20th and Federal Street station, died last night in the Polyclinic Hospital from the effects of the bullet.

His alleged assailant Charles Miller a negro made his escape.  The policeman attempted to arrest Miller on a complaint of Ida Cunningham, colored, 2210 Gerritt Street. Black was fifty years old and is survived by a widow and one child.

DANOWITZ, CHARLES #3939

KILLED IN THE LINE OF DUTY BY GUNSHOT ACCIDENT
Appointed: April 30, 1918
End of Watch: March 9, 1919

Two bullets, one in the head and the other in the heart, killed Policeman Charles Danowitz. Two fellow policemen had mistaking him for a burglar shot him.

This was revealed by Dr. William S. Wadsworth coroner’s physician in this report to Coroner Knight. The shooting occurred in the Tioga Station of he P. & R. Railway at 20th and Tioga Station. The autopsy was performed at the morgue after the policeman’s body had been taken to his home and embalmed, a Coroner’s Detective today criticized Stanislaw Stewards an undertaker at Allegheny Ave. near Front Street for having taken the body from the station and embalmed it against his orders.  The undertaker’s act was reported to the coroner and action to revoke his license may be taken Dr. Wadsworth said the embalmed head capped him in making the autopsy.

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DEWEES, CHARLES

DIED IN THE LINE OF DUTY FROM ACCIDENT
Appointed: October 28, 1890
End of Watch: January 12, 1918

Policeman Charles T. Dewees driver of police van No. 2 was thrown to the pavement and killed today when a horse pulling the van became frightened and turned into a ran-away. Dewees was fifty-three years old and had been in the police service for twenty-eight years.

Dewees was leaving the stable of the Germantown station to go to the Thirty-ninth district, at 22nd street and Hunting Park Ave. There were no prisoners in the van. The vehicle had just turned from the driveway of the station into Germantown Avenue when a large piece of paper was blown against the legs of the horses.

The horses darted forward, and in the effort to control them but Dewees lost his balance and fell to the Street, broke his neck upon impact. The frightened animals continued on Germantown Avenue to Haines Street where they smashed into a wagon belonging to William Hutchinson and shoe keeper in the neighborhood.  Both horses attached to the van were thrown down by the crash and they were secured before they could struggle to their feet.

Dewees is survived by his widow and two sons, who are serving in the army.

Dingwall, George R. #318

KILLED IN THE LINE OF DUTY BY SHOOTING
Appointed: February 2, 1910
End of Watch: January 27, 1919

Detectives today said George Vincent Lembo was a religious fanatic, who killed three men and wounded four others and had been a dangerous lunatic for the last two years. He evidently spent most of time period working himself into a religious passion to go out and kill.

Detectives, while believing Lembo may have been a tool of Bolshcvist say they are now convinced following an inquiry that the assassin was not connected with the bomb outrages in the city December 30 last, as was at first suspected.

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DOLPHIN, JOSEPH #3919

KILLED IN THE LINE OF DUTY FROM DEATH DUE TO HORSE’S FRIGHT
Appointed: July 15, 1907
End of Watch: 17, 1912

Officer Joseph Dolphin, 34 years old, was assigned to the Mounted Policeman of the Halls of Schuylkill Station. Officer Dolphin was instantly killed along with his horse when they were struck by a trolley car at Thirty-First Street and Midvale Avenue while on patrol. Joseph Christic a motorman from the Second Street and Wyoming Avenue barn was thrown from the front of the car and sustained serious injuries, following the collision. Passengers were badly shaken up as a result of the accident and several received bruises and other contusions.

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DOWLING, THOMAS J. #703

KILLED IN THE LINE OF DUTY BY GUNSHOT
Appointed: July 11, 1911
End of Watch: June 26, 1912

Policeman Thomas J. Dowling of the Third Street and Fairmount Avenue station was killed in a pawnshop at the northeast corner of Fifth and Vine Street.  He was shot at close range and without the slightest warning by a youth Homer C. Wiggins, 17 years old. Dowling was about to place him under arrest on suspicion of theft.  After firing the bullet from a .38 calibre automatic revolver point blank at the policeman’s head, Wiggins jumped over the latter’s prostrate form as it lay across the doorway of the store, kicked the dying man twice in the head, and then dashed west on Vine street with a vengeful crowd at his heels.

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EPPLEY, GEORGE A. #2950

KILLED IN THE LINE OF DUTY FROM GUNSHOT
Appointed: July 22, 1910
End of Watch: September 19, 1917

Shot were fired, men were clubbed into insensibility and for nearly fifteen minutes Thomas D. Finletter Club was filled with a mass of struggling, cursing, fighting men, when a gang of men in citizens clothes, among whom, it is declared, were several policemen of the Fourth and Delancey Streets station, broke into its headquarters, at 628 Spruce Street. The fight was the culmination of a day of disorder in the Fifth Ward, and it marked the utmost violence yet reached in the struggle for leadership between mercantile appraiser James A. Carey, and Common Councilman Isaac Deutsch.

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FREEMAN, GEORGE

KILLED IN THE LINE OF DUTY BY ELECTROCUTION
Appointed: March 11, 1893
End of Watch: September 24, 1912

Policeman George Freeman was making his rounds when he died as a result of electrocution while making a pull on the police call box at 53rd and Haverford Avenue. He is survived by his wife Maggie E. Freeman sons Alken and Mark from the late Ellen Freeman.  He worked the 29th Police District and lived at 6050 Girard Avenue.

 

 

GIBSON, CONRAD E. #551

KILLED ON DUTY FROM ACCIDENTAL SHOOTING
Appointed: October 12, 1905
End of Watch: October 4, 1919

Conrad Gibson, a patrolman of he 20th and Federal Street station, died yesterday morning in the Polyclinic Hospital from a bullet wound received in an accidental discharge of his pistol. On Saturday night Gibson took Lillian Frielleo eleven years old to Point Breeze Avenue near Reed Street to the St. Agnes Hospital after an automobile had run her down. It was later discovered she was injured slightly, Officer Gibson, returned to the station house in the same machine that hit the girl, after he had placed the driver, David Simpson under arrest.

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GILLIS, MORRIS #842

KILLED IN THE LINE OF DUTY FROM FIRE
Appointed: January 31, 1908
End of Watch: December 22, 1910

Out of the smoldering mound of crumpled machinery, charred beams and shattered bricks, into which the five-story factory of the Fiedlander Leather Remnants Company, at 1114-20 North Bodine Street, had been transformed by the sweep of flames all of the bodied of those who had been trapped in the ruins were believed to have been recovered.

It is estimated that thirteen firemen and one policeman had met death as a result of the collapse of the burning building and the subsequent falling of one of its walls upon a group of rescuers.

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HESS, JAMES J. #3448

KILLED IN THE LINE OF DUTY BY GUNSHOT
Appointed: May 15, 1918
End of Watch: March 14, 1919

James Hess, policeman of the 15th street and Snyder Avenue station was shot and killed while in a saloon at Clarion and Dickinson Street he was in full uniform at the time. The bullet entered his left side above the heart. He was taken to St. Agnes Hospital where he passed away.

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JONES, CHARLES B. #1977

KILLED IN THE LINE OF DUTY FROM GUNSHOT
Appointed: 12, 1917
End of Watch: October 5, 1919

Three times between midnight and morning street corners in South Philadelphia were the scenes of shooting affrays in which a negro policeman was shot to death and seven men wounded by more than half a hundred bullets.

When he came upon a crap game being played under the arc light at the corner of Thirteenth and Rodman streets.

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KNOX, JOHN #11

KILLED IN THE LINE OF DUTY BY SHOOTING
Appointed: January 20, 1911
End of Watch: January 27, 1919

Detectives today said George Vincent Lembo was a religious fanatic, who killed three men and wounded four others and had been a dangerous lunatic for the last two years.  He evidently spent most of time period working himself into a religious passion to go out and kill.

Detectives, while believing Lembo may have been a tool of Bolshevist say they are now convinced following an inquiry that the assassin was not connected with the bomb outrages in the city December 30 last, as was at first suspected.

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MANEELY, JAMES #20

KILLED IN THE LINE OF DUTY FROM GUNSHOT
Appointed: July 7, 1897
End of Watch: March 25, 1915

Jacob C. Miller, a former sailor in the United States Navy, who killed Detective James Maneely a Central Station detective and Detective Harry C. Tucker. Was caught at the Torresdale depot at noon and three hours later arraigned before the Magistrate at City Hall.

Captain’s Cameron orders to the police were to get Miller dead or alive. Four detectives, Hodge, Ulrick, Brown and Oleynizack, arrested Miller as he tried to leave the City at the Pennsylvania Railroad Station to New York. The detectives took away from him the automatic pistol with which he killed Maneely and Tucker. The desperado was thrown into a private motorcar, which was commandeered, and rushed down to City Hall. “Yes, we’re bringing him in clean,” Cameron responded, “and we’re going to shoot him up to the hospital for Tucker to identify him. It’s a race with death.  Tucker may not live long enough, and mind, you fellow--” cautioned Captain Cameron.“ No monkey business. I’m as glad as you that we’ve got the fellow that killed Detective Maneely. But no rough stuff?

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MANN, JOHN #859

DIED IN THE LINE OF DUTY FROM GUNSHOT
Appointed: August 25, 1908
End of Watch: August 2, 1913

About 9:10 P.M. August 2, 1913, Patrolman John Mann was shot in the abdomen while trying to quell a disturbance at 13 and Pearl Streets.  Mann lived at thirty-fourth years old at the time of his death. 

McCartney, Frank J.

KILLED IN THE LINE OF DUTY BY GUNSHOT
Appointed: November 12, 1910
End of Watch: August 30, 1917

A gunman shot and killed Detective Frank McCartney of 4th and Snyder Avenue Station, at 9th and Shunk Street. Three men have been arrested. They were, Herman Jaffee of 2604 South 9th Street a real estate man, Joseph Brown, twenty, 517 Cantrell Street, Harry Murray, twenty-one, 2430 South Broad Street.  Each of these men denies he committed the murder. Magistrate Imber held Jaffee, Brown and Murray without bail at the 4th street and Snyder Avenue Station for a further hearing. Benny Weiss, twenty-five, of Juniper Street near Dickinson declared by the police to be an addict and a cocaine user is being sought for the murder. Weiss according to those arrested is hiding somewhere in this city with only ten cents between him and starvation. Ugly intimations of vice, and degradation in some parts of South Philadelphia are behind the killing of officer McCartney who was thirty-one.

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McVAY, THOMAS

KILLED IN THE LINE OF DUTY BY GUNSHOT
Appointed: August 9, 1917
End of Watch: July 28, 1918

Policeman Thomas McVay was killed during the First Tasker Streets Racial Riots at 2700 Oakford Street. Two policemen entered the hallway of Mr. Huff home at Titan Street during a foot pursuit of another shooting he was involved in only moment earlier. It was testified that Henry Huff fled into the bathroom leaving the door open long enough to fire a revolver at McVay’s chest, as the policemen were mounting the stairs. “Jack, he got me!” Officer Kennedy testified was the last works of Officer McVay said. Huff was then overpowered and placed under arrest. It was also believed Huff shot acting detective Thomas Myers attached to the 20th and Federal Street station who received bullets in the thigh and hip while passing through Titan Street. Officer Myers crawled about a block to get help from his companions and was also taken to Polyclinic Hospital. McVay was off duty at the time. He had met a squad of his comrades responding to one of the riot calls and joined them. McVay was engaged to Miss Marie Duffy, and they were to have been married in September. McVay is survived by his mother, two sisters and a brother.

MOORE, VINCENT J. #866

DIED IN THE LINE OF DUTY FROM
Appointment: March 10, 1913
End of Watch: August 11, 1916

On 1-17-1916 Policeman Moore, was taking an injured boy to the hospital.  His vehicle was struck by another auto at Broad Street and Girard Avenue.  Policeman Moore later died of his injuries.

O’BRIEN, JAMES #358

DIED IN THE LINE OF DUTY FROM FIRE
Appointment: March 15, 1909
End of Watch: February 4, 1910

Policeman O’Brien was 32 years old and lived at 528 Pine Street and assigned to the 3rd District. He died as a result of burns of his entire body received while attempting to put out a fire at the residence of 531 Pine Street.