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Patrolman John F. Podowski | Braddock Borough Police Department, Pennsylvania Braddock Borough Police Department, Pennsylvania


John F. Podowski

Braddock Borough Police Department, Pennsylvania

End of Watch: Sunday, April 5, 1931

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 50

Tour: 9 years

Badge # Not available

Cause: Struck by vehicle

Incident Date: 3/26/1931

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Patrolman John Podowski succumbed to injuries sustained one 10 days earlier when he was struck by a vehicle in front of 620 Braddock Avenue.

He was using a police call box to speak with the desk sergeant when the vehicle, traveling at a high rate of speed, lost control and struck him. He suffered severe injuries and was transported to Braddock General Hospital, where he remained until passing away.

Patrolman Podowski had served with the Braddock Borough Police Department for nine years. He was survived by his wife, four sons, daughter, two grandchildren, parents, and six siblings.

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We can only truly honor our heroes of the present by never forgetting our heroes of the past. Your heroism and service is honored today, the 83rd anniversary year of your death. Your memory lives and you continue to inspire. Thank you for your service. My cherished son Larry Lasater was a fellow police officer murdered in the line of duty on April 24, 2005 while serving as a Pittsburg, CA police officer.

Time never diminishes respect. Your memory will always be honored and revered

Phyllis Lasater Loya
mom of fallen officer Larry Lasater
August 26, 2014


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