Railroad Policeman William Applestiel

Railroad Policeman William Applestiel

Northern Pacific Railroad Police Department, Railroad Police

End of Watch Wednesday, December 19, 1917

William Applestiel

Railroad Policeman William Applestiel was shot while attempting to apprehend burglary suspects in the Auburn, Washington, rail yards.

He had observed the men loading stolen liquor into a vehicle and attempted to arrest them. The men opened fire, killing Policeman Applestiel.

A railroad switchman and several other railroad employees were charged with murder in connection with his death.


  • Age 45
  • Tour Not available
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Location Washington
  • Weapon Gun; Unknown type
  • Offender Apprehended


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Today is the 100th anniversary of your ultimate sacrifice. You will be long remembered, and your assailants are already long forgotten. Thank you Railroad Policeman William Applestiel for you service.

Stan Jefferson
Citizen of Arizona

December 19, 2017

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