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Special Officer Leroy Wise | Erie Railroad Police Department, Railroad Police Erie Railroad Police Department, Railroad Police

Special Officer

Leroy Wise

Erie Railroad Police Department, Railroad Police

End of Watch: Thursday, September 21, 1916

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 35

Tour: Not available

Badge # Not available

Cause: Struck by train

Location: Pennsylvania

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Special Officer "Roy" Wise was struck and fatally injured by a fast moving freight train at the Venanga Crossing in Cambridge Springs, Pennsylvania, as he was trying to push a stalled automobile off the track.

Six occupants of the automobile suffered serious injuries as their Maxwell Touring car was hit and dragged 150 feet down the track. Special Officer Wise was carried to Logan Hospital where he died from a fractured skull and internal injuries.

Officer Wise was survived by his wife.

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On this 99th anniversary of your heroic effort and tragic death, I thank this site for including you so as to acknowledge that effort and sacrifice. I can only hope that at least one of the occupants was aiding you.

There is always a real fear of vehicles getting stuck or stalled on crossings. You put the safety of those people as well as the crew of the freight train ahead of your own. Yes, as Tracy Corley said, "A hero indeed you are."

God Bless you and may your rest be eternally peaceful, Brother.

Ptl. Jim Leahy, Jr.
Harvard University Police Dept.
September 21, 2015

 

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