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Guard Edwin H. Lichtenberger | Pennsylvania Department of Corrections, Pennsylvania Pennsylvania Department of Corrections, Pennsylvania


Edwin H. Lichtenberger

Pennsylvania Department of Corrections, Pennsylvania

End of Watch: Monday, July 17, 1944

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 34

Tour: Not available

Badge # Not available

Cause: Assault

Weapon: Edged weapon; Hatchet

Offender: Committed suicide

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Guard Edwin Lichtenberger was murdered inside the Eastern State Penitentiary during an escape attempt by an inmate.

The inmate had planned an elaborate escape for months and had made several homemade weapons, 40-feet of rope, and several incendiary devices that he had planned to ignite as a diversion. He had picked the lock on his cell door and was preparing to set off the incendiary devices when he was unexpectedly interrupted by Guard Lichtenberger.

Using a homemade hatchet, the inmate attacked Guard Lichtenberger and struck him on the head several times, causing severe injuries. He again attempted to ignite the devices, but when they failed, he committed suicide by stabbing himself with a shank.

Guard Lichtenberger was transported to a local hospital where he succumbed to his wounds.

Guard Lichtenberger was survived by his wife, son, and daughter.

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Officer Lichtenberger,
On today, the 73rd anniversary of your death I would just like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice for the citizens of the state of Pennsylvania. And to your Family and loved ones, I wish to extend my deepest sympathy. There is no tougher job in Law Enforcement than that of a Corrections Officer.


United States Border Patrol
July 17, 2017


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