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Patrolman Thomas Chidlow | Pittsburgh Police Department, Pennsylvania Pittsburgh Police Department, Pennsylvania

Patrolman

Thomas Chidlow

Pittsburgh Police Department, Pennsylvania

End of Watch: Thursday, May 24, 1888

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 49

Tour: 20 years

Badge # Not available

Cause: Struck by train

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Patrolman Thomas Chidlow was killed when the buggy he was riding in was struck by a train at the Roup Avenue railroad crossing.

The driver's vision was obscured by the railroad depot and a train stopped on the first set of tracks, which had a severe curve at that point. As he proceeded across the track an engine, which was running with its tender in front, failed to sound its horn and struck the buggy. Patrolman Chidlow and the buggy's driver were both killed instantly and their bodies mutilated.

Patrolman Chidlow's children happened across the scene as they walked to school and witnessed the scene.

Patrolman Chidlow had served with the agency for 20 years and was survived by his wife and several children.

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Patrolman Chidlow,
On today, the 129th anniversary of your death I would just like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice for the citizens of Pittsburgh.

R.I.P.
USBP

Anonymous
United States Border Patrol
May 24, 2017

 

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