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Police Officer William R. Plummer | Pennsylvania Railroad Police Department, Railroad Police Pennsylvania Railroad Police Department, Railroad Police

Police Officer

William R. Plummer

Pennsylvania Railroad Police Department, Railroad Police

End of Watch: Tuesday, November 25, 1879

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 65

Tour: 11 years

Badge # Not available

Cause: Struck by train

Location: Pennsylvania

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Police Officer William Plummer was struck and killed by a train while making his rounds at the Pennsylvania Railroad depot in Tyrone, Pennsylvania.

He was checking several boxcars that were parked on a siding when an eastbound freight train approached. As he stepped off of the track he was struck by a westbound express mail train. It is believed the sound of the of freight train, combined with being on a sharp curve, prevented him from noticing the express mail train.

Officer Plummer had served as a police officer and night watchman for the Pennsylvania Railroad for approximately 11 years. He was a widower and survived by his seven sons and one daughter. He was predeceased by three other sons.

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Officer Plummer, you had a difficult life, that is evident, but for the sake of your family you forged on. How tragic that with all your family endured, they lost you as well and in such a sad horrific way.

God Bless you and all your descendants. We can only hope and pray that your family was held together and prospered even without it's patriarch.

Rest in Peace, Brother.

Ptl. Jim Leahy, Jr.
Harvard University Police Dept.
October 14, 2016


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