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Private John F. Henry | Pennsylvania State Police, Pennsylvania Pennsylvania State Police, Pennsylvania


John F. Henry

Pennsylvania State Police, Pennsylvania

End of Watch: Sunday, September 2, 1906

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 31

Tour: 8 months

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Military veteran

Cause: Gunfire

Weapon: Shotgun

Offender: Killed

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Private John Henry and Private Francis Zehringer were shot and killed while attempting to apprehend fugitives barricaded in a house in Jefferson County. Private Henry was called to the home after reinforcements were requested. Upon arrival he immediately advanced on the house but was shot when he got within 20-feet of the home. More reinforcements were called in approximately two hours later and another attempt was made to gain entry to the home. In this attempt Private Zehringer was shot and killed and two other officers were seriously wounded.

During the night, under the cover of darkness and rain, officers approached the house and planted dynamite around it. At dawn they detonated the dynamite, destroying the house and killing all of the fugitives inside.

Private Henry was a Spanish-American War veteran and served on the China expedition of 1900 as a member of the United States Marine Corps; he had been with the agency for eight months and he was the first constabulary member to be killed in the line of duty. He was survived by his sister and is buried at Saint Denis Cemetery in Havertown, Pennsylvania.

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Private Francis A. Zehringer
Pennsylvania State Police, Pennsylvania
End of Watch: Sunday, September 2, 1906
Cause: Gunfire

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Your heroism and service is honored today, the 104th anniversary of your death. Your memory lives and you continue to inspire. Thank you for your service. My cherished son Larry Lasater was a fellow police officer murdered in the line of duty on April 24, 2005 while serving as a Pittsburg, CA police officer.

Rest In Peace.

Phyllis Loya
mother of fallen officer Larry Lasater
September 2, 2010


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