Police Officer Thomas H. Snyder

Police Officer Thomas H. Snyder

Philadelphia Police Department, Pennsylvania

End of Watch Thursday, September 9, 1858

Thomas H. Snyder

Police Officer Thomas Snyder succumbed to injuries sustained in an explosion during the city's celebration of the laying of the Transatlantic Cable at Prime Street (modern day Washington Avenue) and Broad Street.

Shortly after 7:00 pm, after the ringing of the bells members of the National Artillery fired a 100 gun salute. During the 97th discharge, there was a premature explosion from a cannon seriously injuring Police Officer Snyder and another officer. Both officers were taken to Pennsylvania Hospital where Officer Snyder's arm had to be amputated.

He succumbed to his injuries on September 9th, 1858.

Police Officer Thomas Snyder served with the Philadelphia Police Department for four months and was assigned to the Fifth Police District.

Bio

  • Age 40
  • Tour 4 months
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Explosion
  • Incident Date Tuesday, August 17, 1858

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Officer Snyder,
On today, the 160th anniversary of your death I would just like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice for the citizens of Philadelphia.

R.I.P.
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United States Border Patrol

September 9, 2018

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