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Policeman Jacob Pennington Boyer | Philadelphia Police Department, Pennsylvania Philadelphia Police Department, Pennsylvania

Policeman

Jacob Pennington Boyer

Philadelphia Police Department, Pennsylvania

End of Watch: Tuesday, March 6, 1877

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 44

Tour: 1 year, 11 months

Badge # 1002

Military veteran

Cause: Train accident

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Policeman Jacob Boyer and Policeman Henry Lucas were killed when the Thirteenth and Fifteenth Street Railroad Company streetcar they were riding in was struck by a Reading Railroad Company train at the intersection of Broad Street and Lehigh Avenue.

Both officer, along with three others, were riding the streetcar back to the police station for their end-of-shift roll call when the crash occurred at shortly before 7:00 am. All five officers attempted to jump from the streetcar as it began to cross the railroad tracks. The other three officers successfully jumped to safety, but Policeman Boyer and Policeman Lucas suffered fatal injuries as the train collided with the streetcar. Policeman Boyer died at the scene. Policeman Lucas was taken to his home where he died the following morning.

Policeman Boyer was a Union Army veteran of the Civil War and served with the Philadelphia Police Department for less than two years. He was survived by his wife and four children. He was assigned to the 22nd District.

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Policeman Henry Lucas
Philadelphia Police Department, Pennsylvania
End of Watch: Wednesday, March 7, 1877
Cause: Train accident

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Rest in peace officer Boyer, thank you for your service

Valente Chavez
LASD class 425
September 16, 2017

 

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