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Detective William J. Hanson | Jersey Central Railroad Police Department, Railroad Police Jersey Central Railroad Police Department, Railroad Police

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William J. Hanson

Jersey Central Railroad Police Department, Railroad Police

End of Watch: Friday, July 4, 1902

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Age: Not available

Tour: Not available

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Cause: Struck by train

Location: New Jersey

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Detective William Hanson and Patrolman John Cosgrove were struck and killed by a train while patrolling the Jersey Central lines near the Communipaw Avenue Station in Jersey City, New Jersey. The two officers, and a friend who sometimes accompanied them on patrol, were searching for a gang of thieves.

It is believed they saw a train coming on one track and stepped onto another track to get out of its way. They failed to see a train coming on the second track as well and all three were struck and killed. Their bodies were found a short time later by a train engineer on another train.

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Patrolman John Cosgrove
Jersey Central Railroad Police Department, Railroad Police
End of Watch: Friday, July 4, 1902
Cause: Struck by train

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Rest in Peace Detective William J. Hanson. Thank You for your Service and Sacrifice protecting America's steel roadways.

I Pray for Peace for your Family, Friends and Co-Workers.

Amen.

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

 

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