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Railroad Detective Boleslaus J. Michigan Central Railroad Police Department, Railroad Police

Railroad Detective

Boleslaus J. "Bernard" Wozniak

Michigan Central Railroad Police Department, Railroad Police

End of Watch: Monday, May 20, 1918

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 25

Tour: 7 months

Badge # Not available

Cause: Gunfire (Accidental)

Location: Michigan

Incident Date: 5/18/1918

Weapon: Shotgun

Offender: Sentenced to life

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Detective Rody Goe and Detective Bernard Wozniak were shot and killed in the Dearborn Yards, near Miller Road in Dearborn Michigan, while they conducted surveillance with five other detectives.

Earlier in the day, a railroad worker had discovered a pile of stolen tires hidden in the railroad yards. The detectives were alerted and hid near the area to await the return of the thieves.

At approximately 10:00 pm four men were observed approaching the area carrying timber they were going to use to string the tires onto. When Detective Goe shined his light on them and told them to stop, the men immediately opened fire. Detective Goe and Detective Wozniak were mortally wounded and two of the other agents were also wounded. It is believed that Detective Wozniak was inadvertently struck by a shotgun blast fired by another detective as he ran up an embankment. The other detectives returned fire but did not strike the suspects as they fled.

Two of the suspects were apprehended the following night. Both men were convicted of Detective Goe's murder and sentenced to life in prison. On November 21st, 1918, one of the men escaped from the state prison in Jackson. It is not known if he was ever recaptured.

Detective Wozniak was survived by his parents. He was buried in Holy Cross Catholic Cemetery in Detroit, Michigan.

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Railroad Detective Rody Goe
Michigan Central Railroad Police Department, Railroad Police
End of Watch: Saturday, May 18, 1918
Cause: Gunfire

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Detective Wozniak, thank you for helping to protect one of America's greatest assets, it's Railroads. We can only hope and pray that the filth who was convicted of your murder faced true justice, if not in this world, then in the next.

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

Ptl. Jim Leahy, Jr.
Harvard University Police Dept.
September 14, 2017

 

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