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Postal Inspector in Charge George Washington Daniel | United States Postal Inspection Service, U.S. Government United States Postal Inspection Service, U.S. Government

Postal Inspector in Charge

George Washington Daniel

United States Postal Inspection Service, U.S. Government

End of Watch: Monday, September 1, 1919

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 56

Tour: 13 years

Badge # Not available

Cause: Drowned

Location: Utah

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Postal Inspector in Charge George Daniel drowned when his department vehicle plunged into the Hyrum Canal, approximately eight miles south of Logan, Utah.

He and two other postal inspectors were traveling in the vehicle through a severe thunderstorm when the vehicle drove into the canal. The other two inspectors were able to make it to safety.

Inspector Daniel's body was recovered approximately an hour later.

Inspector Daniel had served with the agency for 13 years and served as the Postal Inspector in Charge of the Denver Division. He was survived by his wife and two daughters.

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Inspector Daniel was a direct descendant of Mary Washington, our nation's first First Lady. In all of his existing records he always used the middle initial "W" instead of "Washington." Perhaps he was a modest man who felt no need to reveal his ancestry. Within the ranks of the U. S. Postal Inspection Service, George W. Daniel has been the only Inspector in Charge to lose his life in the performance of his duties. He had just left a conference, a thunderstorm was underway, and he was warned by others not to drive in a storm, a well founded caution based on the condition of roads and the reliability of automobiles in 1919.
Rest in peace, sir. Your sacrifice is not forgotten.

Ron J. Pry, U.S. Postal Inspector
U. S. Postal Inspection Service
May 18, 2016

 

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