Patrolman Joseph L. Rauchut

Patrolman Joseph L. Rauchut

New York City Police Department, New York

End of Watch Saturday, November 30, 1957

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Joseph L. Rauchut

Patrolman Joseph Rauchut succumbed to injuries he received when he was struck by a vehicle while conducting a traffic stop on the Kosciusko Bridge in Queens.

While Patrolman Rauchut was standing next to the vehicle, issuing a summons, another vehicle struck his parked patrol car, forcing it into Patrolman Rauchut. He suffered head and internal injuries and passed away at the Elmhurst General Hospital.

Patrolman Rauchut was a United States Army WWII veteran and had served with the New York City Police Department for two years and was assigned to Motorcycle Precinct 2, the present-day Highway 2. He was survived by his wife, two sons, and a daughter.


  • Age 32
  • Tour 2 years
  • Badge 20493
  • Military Veteran

Incident Details

  • Cause Struck by vehicle
  • Incident Date Friday, November 29, 1957

traffic stop

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Hi, I work in NE Philadelphia and while on a walk I found a dog tag that belonged to Patrolman Joseph L. Rauchut, there was also a a dog tag on the chain that said "To my son" love mom. I'm sure who ever lost it would want it back. If you know who it belongs to, please email me at [email protected]

Justin Rylak

March 25, 2024

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