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Special Officer Gerald W. Sibert | Pennsylvania Railroad Police Department, Railroad Police Pennsylvania Railroad Police Department, Railroad Police

Special Officer

Gerald W. Sibert

Pennsylvania Railroad Police Department, Railroad Police

End of Watch: Thursday, October 5, 1922

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 23

Tour: 3 months

Badge # Not available

Cause: Struck by train

Location: Indiana

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Special Officer Gerald Sibert was struck and killed by a switch engine in the Pennsylvania Railroad yards near Anthony Boulevard in Fort Wayne, Indiana.

He was patrolling the yards with another officer when he stepped off one set of tracks to avoid an oncoming train. When he did so, he inadvertently stepped into the patch of a switch engine that was backing up on adjacent tracks.

Officer Sibert had served with the Pennsylvania Railroad Police Department for three months. He was survived by his parents and four siblings.

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Officer Sibert, your tenure was short and you never had a real opportunity to shine. But in that short time, you did a magnificent thing, you helped protect one of America's greatest assets, it's railroads.

Railroad Policing is not a prevalent as it once was and that is a shame, especially in this day and age when theft and hobos are not the primary threat. We need the railroad police to help safeguard our economy and day to day commerce from the threat of terrorism. I hope and pray all the nations railroad executives will realize this and rebuild what once was.

God Bless you, Brother and may your eternal rest be ever peaceful.

Ptl. Jim Leahy, Jr.
Harvard University Police Dept.
January 19, 2017

 

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