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Special Officer William M. Burke | New York Central Railroad Police Department, Railroad Police New York Central Railroad Police Department, Railroad Police

Special Officer

William M. Burke

New York Central Railroad Police Department, Railroad Police

End of Watch: Tuesday, August 29, 1922

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 32

Tour: Not available

Badge # Not available

Cause: Struck by train

Location: Illinois

Weapon: Person

Offender: Struck and killed

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Special Officer William Burke was struck and killed by a New York Central train while involved in a foot pursuit of a trespassers near the intersection of 67th Street and South Park Avenue, in Chicago, Illinois.

The man had climbed onto the tracks with Officer Burke in pursuit when the train struck and killed both men.

Officer Burke was survived by his wife.

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My special feelings toward the NYC RR are there. I may never have worked for that line, but my Dad did, my Grandfather did and my Uncle did. I also once got to 'drive' a locomotive from Boston to Framingham when I was a kid, sitting in the lap of the engineer. It will always hold a special place in my heart.

Officer Burke, God Bless you on this 94th anniversary of your sacrifice, I simply want to say THANK YOU and may God have a special blessing for all who worked protecting America's rails and all they left behind for generations to come.

Rest in Peace, Brother.

Ptl. Jim Leahy, Jr.
Harvard University Police Dept.
August 29, 2016

 

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