1920 to 1929

ARNOLD, AUGUST #2516

DIED IN THE LINE OF DUTY FROM HEART ATTACK
Appointed: April 12, 1910
End of Watch: April 4, 1923

Policeman August Arnold, lived at 1513 South 5th Street, assigned to the 25th District, died of a heart attack while on duty.

 

BELL JOSEPH E. #234

KILLED IN THE LINE OF DUTY BY GUNSHOT
End of Watch: December 23, 1926

Officer Joseph Bell, 31 years old, was shot by a man near 21st and Lombard Street died in the Polyclinic Hospital after two week of fight death. While his five children prayed that the he might return to them for Christmas. Bell died after an emergency operation that followed transfusions of blood given by his Commanding Officer Captain John Freeman of the 12th and Pine station. Doctors knew the operation was the last faint hope and when they discerned peritonitis soon after he was taken back to his cot they called his wife Catherine and his brother and sisters.

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BLACKBURN, JOHN W.

KILLED IN THE LINE OF DUTY FROM GUNSHOT
Appointed: December 20, 1904
End of Watch: January 17, 1929

INSPECTOR BLACKBURN SLAIN BY CLUBMAN IN CHESTNUT HILL HOME
MEDAL WINNER SHOT AND KILLED BY W. G. GIBBEL

Sergeant Warren Describes tense moments of Fatal Drama Step by Step
Recalls' Blackburn’s insistence on “No Gun Play”;
Says Slayer Kept Shooting Despite Tear Gas.

By SAMUEL WARREN Sergeant of Police

When we arrived at the Gribbel home, we met Mrs. Gribbel on the first floor. She was in tears and almost frantic, but Inspector Blackburn talked to her, learned what had happened. And then we had happened, and then we had a consultation as to what was the best thing to do.  We didn’t want to have any gun-play at all.  The inspector insisted on that.

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BOYD, WILLIAM J. JR. #926

KILLED IN THE LINE OF DUTY FROM ASSAULT
Appointed: July 12, 1911
End of Watch: May 12, 1920

The death of Policeman William J. Boyd, was assigned to the 20th and Buttonwood Streets Station. Policeman William Boyd, died as the result of his internal injuries.

On Wednesday several days after having been injured in a fight with two prisoners that were taken into custody also resulted in their arrest and now face charges of homicide.

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BOYNTON, EDWARD S. #2956

DIED IN THE LINE OF DUTY FROM MOTORCYCLE ACCIDENTS
Appointed: January 3, 1903
End of Watch: October 3, 1921

On October 3, 1921, Motor Traffic Patrolman Edward S. Boynton, died in the Misericordia Hospital from injuries received when his motorcycle collided with an automobile while the patrolman was pursuing another vehicle.  Policeman Edward Boynton was in his 34 years old at the time of his death and resided at 5465 Pine Street.

BRADY, THOMAS #2013

KILLED IN THE LINE OF DUTY FROM AUTO ACCIDENT
Appointed: October 10, 1898
End of Watch: April 24, 1922

Police have renewed their efforts to find relatives of Thomas Brady, a policeman, who is in critical condition in the Misericordia Hospital from injuries after being run down by an automobile while directing traffic. He is believed to have an unmarried sister in Germantown. Brady who is fifty-nine has lived alone at 5518 Locust street. He has been on the force twenty-five years.

BRUCE, PHILLIP A. #3558

KILLED IN THE LINE OF DUTY BY AUTO ACCIDENT
Appointed: November 24, 1924
End of Watch: December 9, 1929

Speeding to a false alarm, a policeman was killed and two others seriously injured when their patrol wagon collided with a fire engine at 29th and Dickinson streets early today and was overturned. Policeman Phillip Bruce, 35 years old, lived at 2313 Dickinson Street, the driver of the police van of the 20th and Federal Street Station, was thrown under the heavy vehicle as it toppled over and crushed him to death. Nathan Cohen, 26 years old, lived at 2639 S. 3rd Street is in St. Agnes Hospital with internal injuries, a crushed face, broken ear drum and severe cuts and bruises, and his condition is critical. The other Edward Drumm, 45 years old, lived at 2323 Morris Street was cut and bruised.

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COEN, BARTHOMOEW J. #1761

KILLED IN THE LINE OF DUTY BY AUTO ACCIDENT
Appointed: April 20, 1917
End of Watch: October 6, 1922

Officer Bartholomew J. Coen, a policeman of the 20th and Federal Street Station, died in St. Agnes Hospital from injuries he received while he was rushing the victim of another accident to the hospital.

Policeman Coen was 33 years old and lived at 1409 South Ringgold Street. A man was struck by an automobile and he went to help the painfully injured person.   Coen commandeered a passing automobile to transport the injured man to the hospital the car was struck by a trolley car near the hospital. Coen insisted on continuing with the injured man in spite of his own injuries.

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COOK, FRANK P. #131

KILLED IN THE LINE OF DUTY BY GUNSHOT
Appointed: October 11, 1916
End of Watch: December 16, 1925

Policeman Frank Cook was shot to death with his own pistol shortly before midnight in his traffic box at 62d street and Woodland Avenue. A colored man he was questioning in connection with a motorcar theft is being sought. The slayer fled, taking the policeman’s pistol and during a battle on the Pennsylvania Railroad tracks near Island Road and Glenmore Avenue about fourteen blocks from the scene of the slaying, he fled again.

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COOPER, HARRY M. #1584

KILLED IN THE LINE OF DUTY FROM GUNSHOT
Appointed:
End of Watch: May 4, 1926

Policeman Harry M. Cooper, from 4606 Rising Sun Avenue, had recently been transferred to duty at the Front and Westmorland Streets Station. Cooper was killed several minutes after he had kissed his wife and son good bye and departed for the circus, to which he had been assigned for special duty.

The fatal shooting took place near the branch officer of the bank at the northeast corner of the intersection which the messenger, William Miller, 60, had been sent from the main office, at Fifth Street and Tabor Road, with the money.

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CREEVY, JOHN F.

KILLED IN THE LINE OF DUTY BY GUNSHOT
Appointed: November 9, 1901
End of Watch: June 9, 1925

Shot with his own revolver by a giant man, Officer John C. Creevy, veteran policeman of the East Girard and Montgomery Avenue station died at St. Mary’s Hospital.

Rogers Dilworth after snatching the revolver from the policeman’s holster shooting Officer Creevy when he attempted to interfere, Rogers Dilworth, 33, shot and killed James Grubb, 31, 1000 Germantown Avenue. The shooting occurred in Grubb’s house. Dilworth, who is nearly seven feet tall, fled from the house after the shooting but was captured short distance away by Otto Higler 1009 Germantown Avenue. He brought him down with a “flying tackle” a crowd of men beat the prisoner unconscious before police rescued him.

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DAVIS, FREDERICK L.

KILLED IN THE LINE OF DUTY BY GUNSHOT
Appointed:
End of Watch: June 1, 1922

Lieutenant John Carlin, of the 11th and Winter Street police station, and Sergeant Nolan, were standing on the corner of 9th and Race Street when they heard five shots.

In the heart of Chinatown Frederick L. Davis, colored policeman, attached to the Vice Squad, was shot down by Lee Pock, forty-two, who police say is a Chinese gunman with a criminal record. Lee Pock fired five shots at the policeman, two taking effect. One bullet entered Davis’ right lung. The other embedded in his hand.

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DAVIS, WILLIAM J. #3965

DIED IN THE LINE OF DUTY FROM GUNSHOTS
Appointed: March 8, 1909
End of Watch: January 29, 1921

Officer William Davis a policeman of the 22nd Street and Hunting Park Avenue station died in the Samaritan Hospital today from a bullet wound inflicted early yesterday.

Officer Davis and Officer Goranly of the 39th district attempted to arrest two negro males, Arthur Sahe and James Harvey on the highway at Ridge and Allegheny avenue. The officers followed the men to 31st street and Allegheny Avenue and asked them their business in the neighborhood at which time one of them stepped back and shot Officer Davis in the stomach causing his death. Both suspects escaped but were apprehended later.

Officer Davis was twenty-nine years old and lived at 2921 N. Hope Street. He leaves a widow and two children to survive him. Davis served with the 28th Division of the U.S. Army in the war and went through battles without a scratch this battle he lost.

DONNELLY, MICHAEL

KILLED IN THE LINE OF DUTY FROM GUNSHOT
Appointed:
End of Watch: April 12, 1929

Michael (“Smiling Mickey”) Donnelly, 33-year-old policeman of the 7th and Carpenter Street station, was killed in a pistol battle with one of two young robbers, near 4th and Carpenter Street.

As the killer sought to escape by scaling the side of a house, a policeman’s bullet grazed his brow, and he fell, stunned, to the ground, unable to reach for his revolver which lay three feet away. The youth, Thomas J. Caulfield, nineteen, Ringgold Street, near 24th Street, was taken to the Pennsylvanian Hospital, treated for a slight wound and then charged with murder.

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ETRISS, JOSEPH

KILLED IN THE LINE OF DUTY FROM   ACCIDENTAL GUNSHOT
Appointed:
End of Watch: March 25, 1928

Mistaken for Burglar, Officer Joseph Etriss, an active city detective, rushing into a house to find a man who had beaten his wife, Mrs. Marie Etriss he was killed with a shotgun in the hands of a man who says he thought the detective was a burglar. The slaying gave police a tragic problem to work out, for with the slayer under arrest and the man who attacked Mrs. Etriss at large police say Etriss in his rage and excitement, apparently dashed into the wrong house. Leonard Iannonie, forty-two 1808 S. 13th street the man who killed Etriss is held without bail for the Coroner together with six neighbors who are held as material witnesses.

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FEINBERG, HARRY

KILLED IN THE LINE OF DUTY BY GUNSHOT
Appointed: 1925
End of Watch: March 30, 1928

A policeman lies near death in the Children’s Homeopathic Hospital today, after being shot down by an unidentified assailant near 15th and Huntingdon Streets. The victim, Officer Harry Feinberg, 30 years old, 2523 N. Spangler Street of the 26th and York Street station, has been unable to give a coherent statement regarding the circumstances leading up to the shooting, but police believe today he may have been a victim of gasoline thieves who were robbing the tanks of the P.R.T. bus station at 15th and Cumberland Street. It was fifteen minutes before midnight when two 19-year-old youths were about to step from the entrance of the Carlisle Club, on Carlisle Street between Cumberland and Huntingdon Streets, when two shots were heard. They were William Hess, 2437 N. Carlisle Street and William Nelson 2155 N. Camac Street both of who had been attending a dance on the second floor of the clubhouse.

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FRY, CHARLES A.

KILLED IN THE LINE OF DUTY BY GUNSHOT
Appointed: August 1, 1927
End of Watch: February 21, 1928

Officer Charles Fry, twenty-seven years old, of 3028 North 5th street, and he was shot in the neck on New Year’s nights, while engaged in a pistol battle with three robbers who had forced their way into the store of Kampala Brothers, 1323 E. Passyunk Ave.

Officer Gild, another policeman, was detailed to the shop upon complaint of the proprietors of that store that the place was robbed on Christmas day.  Both were hiding in the rear of the store when the robbers entered and were later surprised. They immediately open fire on the policemen. When Officer Fry fell with a bullet in the neck. Galdi pursued the men but they escaped.

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GALLAGHER, THOMAS F. #4113

KILLED IN THE LINE OF DUTY BY GUNSHOT
Appointed: May 12, 1917
End of Watch: November 3, 1922

Thomas F. Gallagher, a policeman of the 24th and Wolf Street station was shot and killed in a fight with motor thieves at 24th and McKean Street. A deep gash in Gallagher’s head, apparently inflicted with a blackjack, offered mute evidence of how he had fought his assailants before falling fatally wounded. He was shot twice. One bullet fired from a .45 calibre revolver, struck him in the chest, the second hit him in the arm.  He was found unconscious shortly after 1:30 a.m. and died at 6 o’clock in the Methodist Hospital. No one saw Gallagher get shot, but investigations by detectives lead them to believe the policeman saw at least two men attempting to break into a private garage at 24th and McKean Street he tried to arrest them and was shot in the struggle. At about 1:30 a.m. Mrs. Samuel Simons, who lives at the northeast corner, 24th and McKean Street heard two shots. She ran to the window and looking out saw Gallagher stretched out on the pavement.  Mrs. Simons awakened her husband who owns a row of twenty private garages which stretch along 24th Street, Simons dressed hurriedly, telephoned the police station which was three blocks from the scene of the shooting, and went to Officer Gallagher’s assistance.

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