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Special Agent Milford James Merrifield | Texas and Pacific Railroad Police Department, Railroad Police Texas and Pacific Railroad Police Department, Railroad Police

Special Agent

Milford James Merrifield

Texas and Pacific Railroad Police Department, Railroad Police

End of Watch: Wednesday, October 11, 1922

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 22

Tour: Not available

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Military veteran

Cause: Drowned

Location: Louisiana

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Special Agent Milford Merrifield drowned in the Mississippi River near Gretna, Louisiana, when the boat he was in sprung a leak and sank.

He was patrolling railroad property on both sides of the river and requested two other Texas and Pacific employees take him across the river in a skiff. The skiff developed a leak several hundred feet from shore and sank. The other two employees were able to swim to safety, but Special Agent Merrifield was caught in the current and pulled downstream. His body was recovered several days later.

Special Agent Merrifield was a U.S. Army veteran of WWI. He was survived by his wife, father, and two sisters.

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It is now 95 years since your life was tragically taken. You are still thought of, still remembered and still honored.

God Bless your eternal rest, Brother.

Ptl. Jim Leahy, Jr.
Harvard University Police Dept.
October 11, 2017

 

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