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Patrolman John W. Scott | Wabash Railway Police Department, Railroad Police Wabash Railway Police Department, Railroad Police


John W. Scott

Wabash Railway Police Department, Railroad Police

End of Watch: Thursday, December 24, 1914

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 42

Tour: Not available

Badge # Not available

Cause: Train accident

Location: Illinois

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Patrolman John Scott was killed when two freight cars of a train derailed in Brooklyn, Illinois.

He was riding on the train in an attempt to locate boxcar thieves. He was moving between the two cars when the train went over a defective switch, causing the cars to derail. He was trapped between them for over 30 minutes before the train crew was able to cut him out of the wreckage. He died several minutes after being freed.

Patrolman Scott was survived by his wife and nine children. He was predeceased by three additional children.

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A truly horrible way to die, but as a Railroad Police Officer, it's a risk you faced every day, along with the risks of scum wanting to murder you. You are a hero.

I am grateful that you worked so hard to protect one of America's greatest assets, it's railroads.

I also am grateful that you have finally been recognized as a true hero, thanks in part to this wonderful site and definitely thanks to someone who took the time and did the research. THEY TOO are true heroes. God Bless and may your eternal rest be ever peaceful, Brother.

Ptl. Jim Leahy, Jr.
Harvard University Police Dept.
August 13, 2017


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