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Railroad Policeman Jake Frith | Chicago, Milwaukee and St. Paul Railroad Police Department, Railroad Police Chicago, Milwaukee and St. Paul Railroad Police Department, Railroad Police

Railroad Policeman

Jake Frith

Chicago, Milwaukee and St. Paul Railroad Police Department, Railroad Police

End of Watch: Friday, April 14, 1893

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 38

Tour: Not available

Badge # Not available

Cause: Gunfire

Location: Iowa

Weapon: Gun; Unknown type

Offender: Pardoned in 1925

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Policeman Frith and Policeman Henry Talcott were shot and killed at about 2:15 am while trying to remove three tramps from a coach car in the railroad yards at 19th Street in Dubuque, Iowa. A violent struggle took place inside of the car and both officers were mortally wounded. Policeman Frith was shot in the neck and back and Policeman Talcott was shot above the left eye.

Two suspects were apprehended a short time later. Both were convicted of two counts of first degree and sentenced to life in Anamosa Penitentiary. Both were pardoned by Governor Nathan E. Kendall January 10, 1925.

The third suspect fled to San Francisco where he boarded a ship destined for Australia. He was never captured.

Policeman Frith was survived by his wife and four children.

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Railroad Policeman Henry Talcott
Chicago, Milwaukee and St. Paul Railroad Police Department, Railroad Police
End of Watch: Friday, April 14, 1893
Cause: Gunfire

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RIP sir!

Special Agent Steven Scurek
Canadian Pacific Police Service
July 11, 2016

 

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