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Railroad Detective Benjamin Earl Chicago, Burlington and Quincy Railroad Police Department, Railroad Police

Railroad Detective

Benjamin Earl "Red" Gaughenbaugh

Chicago, Burlington and Quincy Railroad Police Department, Railroad Police

End of Watch: Thursday, July 4, 1935

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 41

Tour: 12 years

Badge # Not available

Cause: Heart attack

Location: Illinois

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Detective Benjamin Gaughenbaugh suffered a fatal heart attack shortly after struggling with a drunken male at the railroad depot in Beardstown, Illinois, on an excessively hot day. Detective Gaughenbaugh was able to place the subject under arrest and walked him to the Beardstown Police Department. As he was waiting to book the suspect, he suffered a heart attack and collapsed.

Detective Gaughenbaugh had been in law enforcement for 12 years while serving as a four-term sheriff of Appanoose County and a guard at the Fort Madison Penitentiary, both in Iowa. He was also a Canadian military veteran and served as a sniper in World War I. Detective Gaughenbaugh was survived by his wife, daughter and father. He was buried in the Oakland Cemetery in Centerville, Iowa.

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Rest in Peace Detective Benjamin (Red) Gaughenbaugh Thank You for your Service and Sacrifice protecting America's steel roadways.

I Pray for Peace for your Family, Friends and Co-Workers. I also Pray that the scum who was the cause of your death forever burn in the lake of fire.


Senior Special Agent B.L. Sherwood (Ret)
Port Terminal Railroad Police Houston, TX
July 6, 2016


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