Police Officer Leo Paul Van Winkle

Police Officer Leo Paul Van Winkle

Philadelphia Police Department, Pennsylvania

End of Watch Tuesday, June 27, 1972

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Leo Paul Van Winkle

Officer Van Winkle drowned when his police boat capsized during a rescue mission. He was attempting to evacuate residents threatened by the rising waters of the Schuylkill River from Hurricane Agnes.

Officer Van Winkle had served with the Philadelphia Police Department for 18 years. He was survived by his wife and four children.


  • Age 44
  • Tour 18 years
  • Badge 4697

Incident Details

  • Cause Drowned

search and rescue

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I was just scrolling this today, the anniversary of Officer Winkle's death; his "children" are my age now and I hope that he left a great legacy. Please know that while I wasn't a resident of Philadelphia till 1996, I thank him for his service nonetheless. God bless to all surviving family members.

Civilian Lou Pumphrey III

June 27, 2022

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