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Patrolman Joseph John Jurcak | Erie Police Department, Pennsylvania Erie Police Department, Pennsylvania


Joseph John Jurcak

Erie Police Department, Pennsylvania

End of Watch: Wednesday, October 16, 1918

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Age: 38

Tour: 2 years, 2 months

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Cause: Struck by train

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Patrolman Joseph Jurcak was struck and killed by a switch engine at the Pennsylvania Railroad crossing on 12th Street while making his rounds.

He had checked in by pulling on a callbox at 15th Street and Ash Street at 12:56 am, but failed to check in again at 2:00 am. His body was located by a railroad worker at approximately 5:30 am. It is believed that he accidentally stepped in front of the switch engine, which was following a train leaving the rail yards.

Patrolman Jurcak served with the Erie Police Department for two years and was survived by his wife, mother, and brother.

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Patrolman Jurcak,
On today, the 97th anniversary of your death I would just like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice for the citizens of Erie.


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October 16, 2015


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