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Police Officer William J. Boka | St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department, Missouri St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department, Missouri

Police Officer

William J. Boka

St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department, Missouri

End of Watch: Sunday, December 28, 1902

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Age: Not available

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Cause: Struck by streetcar

Incident Date: 12/25/1902

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Officer Boka succumbed to injuries received three days earlier, on Christmas Day, when he was run over by a streetcar. He was attempting to board a different streetcar when he slipped an fell onto the track. The following streetcar ran over his leg, mangling it. A passing doctor administered emergency treatment and kept him from bleeding to death. He was transported to a local hospital where his leg was amputated. Despite the efforts of the doctors, Officer Boka succumbed to his injuries.
The operator of the streetcar which struck Officer Boka was charged and convicted of culpable negligence.

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Your heroism and service is honored today, the 107th anniversary of your death. Your memory lives and you continue to inspire. Thank you for your service. My cherished son Larry Lasater was murdered in the line of duty on April 24, 2005 while serving as a Pittsburg, CA police officer.

Your memory will always be honored and revered for time does not not diminish respect.

Rest In Peace.

Phyllis Loya
mother of fallen officer Larry Lasater
December 29, 2009

 

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