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Railroad Policeman John Louis Beisser | Pennsylvania Railroad Police Department, Railroad Police Pennsylvania Railroad Police Department, Railroad Police

Railroad Policeman

John Louis Beisser

Pennsylvania Railroad Police Department, Railroad Police

End of Watch: Friday, October 20, 1916

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 36

Tour: Not available

Badge # Not available

Military veteran

Cause: Gunfire

Location: Pennsylvania

Weapon: Handgun; Revolver

Offender: Executed in 1917

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Railroad Policeman John Beisser was shot and killed as he attempted to arrest two men for illegal train riding near West Fairview, Pennsylvania.

One of the men opened fire with a revolver, killing Policeman Beisser instantly, and critically wounding another railroad policeman with him. Railroad workers and West Fairview residents chased the suspects to the nearby shore of the Susquehanna River where they were apprehended.

The shooter was convicted of first degree murder and executed in the electric chair November 12th, 1917.

Policeman Beisser was a U.S. Army veteran of the Spanish American War. He was survived by his wife.

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Along with others, I also take notice of Policeman Beisser's sacrifice of a day a century past. You are not forgotten, sir. We are grateful for your service to your nation, and to the Pennsylvania Railroad.

Stan Jefferson
citizen
October 20, 2016

 

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