1900 to 1909

BLANFORD, JOHN N. #203

DIED IN THE LINE OF DUTY FROM HEART ATTACK
Appointed: June 12, 1874
End of Watch: July 5, 1907

Weakened by a struggle with a prisoner, who attempted to escape, Policeman John Blanford, one of the oldest officers in the city, dropped dead at the 15th and Locust streets station a few minutes after he had safely placed the offender in a cell.  The death of the policeman was caused, physicians say, by a stroke of apoplexy, super-induced by excitement in bringing the struggling man to the station house. Policeman Blanford was 63 years old at the time.

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BRUSIUS, AUGUST

KILLED IN THE LINE OF DUTY FROM GUNSHOT
Appointed: May 31, 1906
End of Watch: February 24, 1907

To all appearances absolutely indifferent to his fate James Cannon, alias John Leonard, who shot and killed Officer August Brusius, black in color, of the Trenton Avenue and East Dauphin Street station late Saturday evening was given a hearing before Magistrate Gillespie. He was committed without bail to the Moyamensing Prison, and efforts will be made to give him a speedy trial. The woman, whom Cannon claimed was his wife, was also held as a witness. The shooting of August Brusius, took place at Huntingdon Street and Frankford Avenue shortly after 11 o’clock Saturday night. At the time Frankford Avenue was crowded with a throng of residents returning to their homes after the close of the up-town theaters.

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CLINTON, DANIEL B.

DIED IN THE LINE OF DUTY FROM HEART ATTACK
Appointed: May 22, 1884
End of Watch: April 22, 1909

Reserve Sergeant Daniel Clinton, 52, appointed May 22, 1884, suffered a fatal heart attack while he and other officers struggled with three U.S. Navy sailors who were acting disorderly at Delaware Avenue (modern day Christopher Columbus Boulevard) and Market Street. Sergeant Clinton had witnessed the sailors exit a hotel and begin to act disorderly in front of it. At the same time the proprietor of the hotel made a complaint against them to Sergeant Clinton. As Sergeant Clinton asked the sailors to move along he was attacked by them and knocked to the ground.

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CONWAY, CHARLES O. #643

KILLED IN THE LINE OF DUTY BY TROLLEY CAR
Appointed: May 3, 1897
End of Watch: November 10, 1900

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.

Patrolman Charles Conway, died from injuries received in the discharge of duty.  Conway was crushed between cars of the Union Traction Company in election night while trying to save the life of a woman on Market Street.  Conway died from his injuries in Jefferson Hospital.

CURRAN, MATTHEW J.

KILLED IN THE LINE OF DUTY BY GUNSHOT
Appointed: December 2, 1904
End of Watch: May 26, 1905

Charles Streeper the huckster killed Officer Matthew Curran a policeman of the Front and master street station. The neighbor of Curran and Streeper are infuriated over his act and if he had been captured last evening a lynching party might have taken place. Curran who lived at 1334 N. Howard Street was sent to Streeper’s house last night to arrest the him on the complaint of his mother who alleged that he had beaten her, choked and kicked her and had threatened to take her life.

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DONOVAN, JOHN J. #2002

Killed IN THE LINE DUTY FROM GUNSHOTS
Appointed: March 15, 1902
End of Watch: September 25, 1903

Policeman John Donovan, a Patrolman of the 15th and Vine Street Station was shot in a chase after an alleged colored burglar. At 17th and Chestnut Streets yesterday morning, died of his injuries this at the Medico-Chirurgical Hospital.

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GEORGE, EDWARD #637

KILLED IN THE LINE OF DUTY BY TROLLEY CAR
Appointed: January 1, 1872
End of Watch: December 26, 1902

One policeman was instantly killed and two others were severely injured in a collision between the patrol wagon of the 10th and Thompson Street police station and a west bound Columbia Avenue trolley car at 11th street. The dead officer was Edward George, aged sixty years, lived at 1953 N. Warnock Street.  The injured are Sergeant Andrew Hamilton, one of the best-known patrolman in the city, formerly Special Policeman and now acting Sergeant and Officer E. A. Brewer, the driver.  Hamilton and Brewer were taken to St. Joseph’s Hospital.  Both are severely injured but they were expected to recover. Officer 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.

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GIDEON, WALTER S. #2816

KILLED IN THE LINE OF DUTY BY GUNSHOT
Appointed: July 31, 1908
End of Watch: March 13, 1909

Cornered in an alley leading from Wellington Street to Monument Cemetery, one of the alleged burglars, shot and killed Special Policeman Gideon, of the Twentieth and Berks Streets station. His partner Policeman Brown detected the men attempting to try to enter a house.

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GORDON, THOMAS A. #718

KILLED ON DUTY FROM ACCIDENTAL SHOOTING
Appointed: January 15, 1906
End of Watch: April 9, 1908

Policeman Thomas A. Gordon, of the Third and Fairmount Avenue station, Mrs. Rebecca Seiderman, wife of Henry Seiderman a gunsmith at 210 South Street, pulled the trigger of the weapon accidentally, sending a bullet crashing through the throat of the officer. He died twenty minutes after being admitted to the Pennsylvania Hospital. Several days ago, the officer purchased a hammerless revolver at this store but later became unsatisfied with it. While in the vicinity on police business he stopped at the store and requested Mrs. Seiderman to exchange it for one of another model. He drew the loaded pistol from his pocket and placed it upon a showcase.

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MOONEY, EDWARD #1756

Killed IN THE LINE OF DUTY FROM TROLLEY ACCIDENT
Appointed: July 15, 1907
End of Watch: December 19, 1908

His horse slipped on the ice, Mounted Policeman Edward Mooney met his death by being hurled in front of a trolley car at Twenty-fifth and Passyunk Avenue.  He was killed instantly; his body being practically cut in two by the wheels of the car. Mrs. Mooney’s mother died at Hazleton a few days ago had urged him to obtain a leave of absence to attend the funeral with her. “I’d like to go to Hazleton with you,” he said to her, “but the department needs my services now more than during any other part of the year and I don’t think it would be advisable for me to ask to be excused from duty.”

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RYAN, JOHN J. #23

DIED IN THE LINE OF DUTY FROM HEART ATTACK
Appointed: March 10, 1898
End of the Watch: March 22, 1902

Policeman John Ryan suffered a fatal heart attack while struggling with a prisoner near the intersection of 28th Street and Girard Avenue.

He had arrested a man for drunk and disorderly, at a saloon on Girard Street and was walking him to a callbox located at 28th Street and Flora Avenue Street. The man started resisting and began to struggle with Policeman Ryan. Policeman Ryan collapsed during the struggle. The man fled but was chased by several citizens. He was apprehended by another officer several minutes later. Policeman Ryan was taken to a local doctor's office where he was pronounced dead. The man who started the struggle was arrested and charged with murder.

Policeman Ryan had served with the Philadelphia Police Department for 11 years. He was 48 years old and survived by his wife.

SHELDON, THOMAS A. #623

KILLED IN THE LINE OF DUTY BY INJURIES
Appointed November 20, 1903
End of Watch: January 6, 1906

Policeman Thomas Sheldon, died of injuries received while on duty. The story is unavailable at this time because our department records were destroyed in 1981.  Follow up work is still being done on through other sources of information. 

SHELLEY, SCOTT H. #2814

KILLED IN THE LINE OF DUTY BY RUNAWAY HOUSE
Appointed: May 5, 1897
End of Watch: January 5, 1908

Patrolman Scott H. Shelley, forty-eight years old, living at 1818 Van Pelt Street died from a fractured skull, accidentally received, attempted to stop a runaway horse at 7th and Diamond Street.

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SIMONS, ROBERT #3208

DIED IN THE LINE OF DUTY FROM
Appointment: 04/09/1897
End of Watch: 02/17/1909

Policeman Simons, 29 years of age and lived at 4908 Saybrook Avenue. He was assigned to the 32nd District and was fatally injured when he was accidentally run over by a freight train at 52nd Street and the Pennsylvania Reading Railroad while in performance of his duty. 

SLAYMAKER, FRANK #844

Killed IN THE LINE OF DUTY BY SHOTTING
Appointed: November 2, 1905
End of Watch: June 9, 1906

MURDEROUS BULLET KILLS SLAYMAKER
LINGERED FOR TEN DAYS

Frank Slaymaker, the policeman of the 10th and Buttonwood street station, who was shot by John Maxwell, a confessed burglar, while arresting him on the night of May 27, died at the Hahnemann Hospital at 12:30 o’clock this morning. Slaymaker had a sudden turn for the worse last evening after it was believed he was pulling through and would recover.  His father was with him when he died.  John Maxwell, the man who did the shooting and who has been a Moyamensing Prison on the charge of attempting to murder Slaymaker will now have to stand trial for murder. He will probably be given a preliminary hearing at the Central Police station to-day. When the announcement of Slaymaker’s death was made in the Eighth District, to which he was attached this morning it was received with many expressions of grief.  In fact, the entire police department feels the loss of the policeman deeply.

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