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Detective Daniel F. McCrea | Buffalo, Rochester and Pittsburgh Railroad Police, Railroad Police Buffalo, Rochester and Pittsburgh Railroad Police, Railroad Police


Daniel F. McCrea

Buffalo, Rochester and Pittsburgh Railroad Police, Railroad Police

End of Watch: Wednesday, June 24, 1908

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 22

Tour: 6 months

Badge # Not available

Cause: Gunfire

Location: New York

Incident Date: 6/20/1908

Weapon: Gun; Unknown type

Offender: Not available

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Detective McCrea succumbed to a gunshot wound received four days earlier at the Buffalo Creek rail yards near Fillmore Avenue in Buffalo, New York. He was attacked by several men who he and a New York Central officer had told to leave shortly before. After driving the men off with his billy club Detective McCrea boarded a freight train at Fillmore Avenue and Clinton Street and stood on the bumpers between two cars.

One of the men that he had just told to leave climbed to the top of the car, as the other four stood watch on the ground, and surprised Detective McCrea. The man fired as Detective McCrea looked up, striking him in the face. Detective McCrea was taken to Emergency Hospital where he died two days later. One suspect was arrested the following day but the shooter fled on a west-bound freight train.

Detective McCrea was much disliked by the local criminals and had been shot at several times during the previous weeks. He had been a detective with the railroad for only a few months. He was survived by his father.

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Rest In Peace Detective Daniel F. McCrea, your Brothers in Blue will take it from here. 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 hounds of hell forever gnaw on your murderers sorry carcass.


Senior Special Agent B.L. Sherwood (Ret)
Port Terminal Railroad Police Houston, TX
June 23, 2016


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