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 Applestiel was shot while attempting to apprehend burglary suspects in the Auburn, Washington, rail yards. Policeman Applestiel 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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Your heroism and service is honored today, the 94th anniversary of your death. Your memory lives and you continue to inspire. Thank you for your service. My cherished son Larry Lasater was a fellow police officer who was murdered in the the line of duty on April 24, 2005 while serving as a Pittsburg, CA police officer.He was also your fellow Marine so I also bid you semper fi.

Time never diminishes respect. Your memory will always be honored and revered.

Rest In Peace.

Phyllis Loya
Mom of fallen California Officer Larry Lasater, Pittsburg PD, eow 4/24/05

December 19, 2011

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