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Special Agent Robert Widdowfield | Union Pacific Railroad Police Department, Railroad Police Union Pacific Railroad Police Department, Railroad Police

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Robert Widdowfield

Union Pacific Railroad Police Department, Railroad Police

End of Watch: Monday, August 19, 1878

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 32

Tour: 1 day

Badge # Not available

Cause: Gunfire

Location: Wyoming

Weapon: Gun; Unknown type

Offender: Lynched

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Special Agent Robert Widdowfield and Special Agent Henry Vincents were shot and killed killed from ambush while pursuing a suspected train robber in Carbon, Wyoming. The officers were ambushed and shot as they approached the suspect's campsite.

The suspect was later arrested and sentenced to death for the murders. Before being executed he was lynched by an angry mob.

Special Agent Widdowfield had been deputized that day to join a posse to search for the suspect. He is buried in Saint Josephs Cemetery, Rawlins, Carbon County, Wyoming.

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Special Agent Henry Vincents
Union Pacific Railroad Police Department, Railroad Police
End of Watch: Monday, August 19, 1878
Cause: Gunfire

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Sir Thank You for your contribution to the people of your city (railroad). I didn't know Union Station Police Officers were a thing! That's incredible, I looked it up on the internet and nothing comes up. You are special sir, not only for protecting lives like all law enforcement but also because of your heroism AND story. Rest In Peace on your death anniversary. Today and everyday you are not forgotten, as you are a patriotic hero to your community and others. Thank you sir.

Future Police Officer (14) Garrett Carls
Des Moines Police Department
August 20, 2017

 

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