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Railroad Policeman William D. Bradley | Pennsylvania Railroad Police Department, Railroad Police Pennsylvania Railroad Police Department, Railroad Police

Railroad Policeman

William D. Bradley

Pennsylvania Railroad Police Department, Railroad Police

End of Watch: Friday, July 13, 1917

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 27

Tour: 1 month

Badge # Not available

Cause: Struck by train

Location: Pennsylvania

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Railroad Policeman William Bradley was struck and killed by a train approximately one mile west of Bellwood, Pennsylvania, at approximately 10:45 pm.

It is believed he did not hear one the train approaching as he walked along the track. His body was found a short time later.

Policeman Bradley had served with the Pennsylvania Railroad Police Department for approximately one month and had previously served with the Altoona Police Department. He was survived by his wife.

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We mourn your passing, though it was 100 years ago, it resonates today as a warning to all in law enforcement, no matter where you work or who pays you, always be wary of your surroundings.

God Bless you Policeman Bradly and may your descendants always know what sacrifice you made while helping to protect one of America's greatest assets, it's railroads. May your eternal rest be always peaceful, Brother.

Ptl. Jim Leahy, Jr.
Harvard University Police Department
October 16, 2017

 

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