1910 to 1919

SANKEY, FRANK A. #2945

KILLED IN THE LINE OF DUTY BY GUNSHOT
Appointed: January 14, 1911
End of Watch: September 18, 1914

Policeman Frank A. Sankey of the 61st Street and Thompson Street station died in the West Philadelphia Homeopathic Hospital as the result of being shot early last Sunday morning by Levada Henry, of Summer Street west of 56th Street, whom he was trying to arrest.

Henry was arrested subsequently by other policemen and was held without bail to await the result of Sankey medical condition.

Henry will be arraigned for a further hearing and the charge will be changed to murder. Henry according to the police is an old offender, when he created a disturbance at 56th and Vine Street Officer Sankey was called upon to arrest him. The Henry gave battle and during the struggle he draws a revolver and fired a bullet at point blank range entering Officer Sankey’s abdomen. The policeman collapsed and Henry fled to his home, where he went to the roof and was followed by his family to await the arrival of police.

SAUNDERS, WILLIAM J. #138

DIED IN THE LINE OF DUTY FROM MOUNTED ACCIDENT
Appointed: March 2, 1908
End of Watch: December 18, 1914

The funeral of Policeman William J. Saunders, of the Second Mounted Traffic Squad, died Friday last from injuries received when he fell from his horse while on duty and fell from his horse at 1003 South 17th street, this morning. The funeral cortege was escorted by the entire Second Traffic Squad in charge was Lieutenant Charles W Buehler. Snap, the horse which Patrolman Saunders rode during his service with the squad, followed immediately behind the horse, his saddle reversed and fraped in crepe. The animal was led by Patrolman Harry C. Price, an intimate friend of the dead policeman and his patrol partner. The squad, each member wearing a crepe rosette led the funeral procession to the Roman Catholic Church of St. Tereas at Broad and Catherine streets, where a Solemn Requiem Mass was celebrated by the Rev. John Conway. Interment was in the New Cathedral Cemetery at 2nd Street and Erie Avenue, the squad accompanying the cortege as far as Broad Street Girard Avenue.

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SIMPSON, DAVID M. #136

KILLED IN THE LINE OF DUTY BY STABBING
Appointed: August 1, 1909
End of Watch: September 21, 1912

David M. Simpson, twenty-six years old, a policeman of the 20th and Fitzwater Street station house, was fatally stabbed. Robert Henderson, of Garnet Street near Tasker is accused of the stabbing and was held without bail for the Coroner.

Nine friends, said to have tried to shield him, were held under $200 bail for a further hearing, as were three youths Henderson was chasing when Officer Simpson interfered. The stabbing occurred at 19th and Federal Street before a small group of men and under the lights of a drug store. Henderson had been to a party at the house of George Henley, 1216 S. 19th street and was returning with two women. A short distance ahead was Clarence Claxton, eighteen years old, 1738 Tasker Street.  William McKee, eighteen years old, 1038 S. Colorado Street and Joseph Coyle, nineteen years old, of 1925 Latona Street. The two were calling to Claxton, whom they knew, and the man, believing he was being jeered, started after the two boys. They threw milk bottles and he drew a knife.

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SMITH, JOHN F.

KILLED IN THE LINE OF DUTY BY ASSAULT
Appointed: September 10, 1912
End of Watch: October 28, 1916

Attempting to arrest two men in a saloon at 2nd and Poplar Street, shortly after 5 o’clock this morning, Officer John Smith, a patrolman of the Seventh District, was hit over the head with his own club, which had been wrestled from him and his skull was fractured. He died at the Roosevelt Hospital. Benjamin Frederick, a bartender, received a scalp wound from a bullet during the struggle with the two men.

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SWIERCYNSKI, JOSEPH T.

KILLED IN THE LINE OF DUTY GUNSHOT
Appointed: April 25, 1917
End of Watch: March 20, 1919

Joseph Swiercynski, twenty-seven of 120 Kenilworth Street, a policeman was attached to the 2nd and Christian Street Station. It was said two men he was pursuing shot him. The policeman body was found by the police of the 7th and Carpenter Station Police Station in front of a saloon at 9th and Christian street. A woman telephoned the station house and told the House Sergeant a man had been lying on the street for nearly half an hour. Patrol Sergeant Gallagher and a squad of policemen went to the spot in a patrol wagon.

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TUCKER, HARRY E.

KILLED IN THE LINE OF DUTY FROM GUNSHOT
Appointed: January 14, 1903
End of Watch: April 24, 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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WEINGARD, FREDERICK J.

KILLED ON DUTY FROM ACCIDENTAL SHOOTING
Appointed: April 30, 1917
End of Watch: July 23, 1917

New policeman connected with the Frankford Station was killed in revolver duel. Frederick Weingard a new policeman died in the Frankford Hospital. His wife, Mrs. Frances Weingard sat at his bedside.  Several times from unconsciousness and told her cheerily he would recover. His home is at 2249 Brill Street in Bridesburg.

In another room in the hospital Dewey Yancey twenty years old of W. Price Street, Germantown the man who shot Officer Weingard is under police guard. The Yancey is suffering from bullet wounds in the back and shoulder inflected by the policeman after the ones Yancey had received Yancey’s bullet in his abdomen.

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WEISS, WILLIAM #3618

KILLED IN THE LINE OF DUTY BY GUNSHOT
Appointed: March 7, 1895
End of Watch: May 8, 1910

After a gallant fight against odds, Policeman William Weiss, who was terribly injured when a Chariot at the Circus ran him down after saving three children from possible death or injury succumbed to his injuries in the Samaritan Hospital.

Weiss wife and his six children were at his bedside when he died.  Policeman Weiss  was 50 years old and lived at 1022 Tioga street, had been connected with the Nicetown sub-police station for seven years, and had been on the force for a total of twenty-two years.

WILLIAM, GEORGE L. DETECTIVE

KILLED IN THE LINE OF DUTY FROM GUNSHOT
Appointed: December 15, 1892
End of Watch: January 9, 1918

George L. Williams, fifty-four, a City Hall detective and a member of the old Cuban Giants baseball team, was shot and killed in a battle with five gunmen at 16th and South Street this afternoon. He was the city’s only colored detective. Also, the first Black officer killed in the line of duty.

Williams got into the fight while looking for an alleged murdered. He saw the gunmen shoot another man, as the man came out of a saloon at 16th and South Street.  Williams ran toward the saloon caught one of the gunmen and was about to turn him over to a policeman so he could pursue the others when they opened fire on him.  Williams fired one shot but it went wild. The other black males kept on firing and four shots hit the detective. He died a few minutes later.

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WILSON, JAMES #3013

DIED IN THE LINE OF DUTY BY ACCIDENT
Appointed: October 21, 1912
End of Watch: January 21, 1918

Patrolman James Wilson, badge number 3013, Thirtieth District, while on detail duty at Front and “G” Streets, on the Pennsylvania Railroad watching coal cars for thieves, was struck by a freight train and instantly killed. Wilson was forty-two years of age at the time of his death.