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Patrolman Benjamin K. Yost | Tamaqua Borough Police Department, Pennsylvania Tamaqua Borough Police Department, Pennsylvania

Patrolman

Benjamin K. Yost

Tamaqua Borough Police Department, Pennsylvania

End of Watch: Tuesday, July 6, 1875

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 34

Tour: Not available

Badge # Not available

Cause: Gunfire

Incident Date: 7/6/1875

Weapon: Handgun; .32 caliber

Suspect: Ten executed

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Patrolman Benjamin Yost was shot and killed in retaliation for a previous arrest he had made.

Patrolman Yost was on foot patrol when two men approached and shot him. He died from the wounds.

It was later discovered that Patrolman Yost was killed because he had previously arrested a member of a notorious gang know as the Order of the Molly Maguires. This group of local miners had assigned two men to murder Patrolman Yost following the arrest of one of the gang's members.

Ten men were later arrested and charged in connection with two murders, including Patrolman Yost's . All ten men were later executed.

Patrolman Yost had served in the Civil war. He is buried in Odd Fellows Cemetery, Tamaqua, Pennsylvania.

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Officer Yost, it has been 139 years ago today that you made the ultimate sacrifice yet you are still remembered and honored and will continue to be remembered and never forgotten.

Kim Weigand
Mom of Sgt. Michael C. Weigand E.O.W. 9/14/2008
July 6, 2014

 

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