Patrolman John H. Allen

Patrolman John H. Allen

Waldo Police Department, Arkansas

End of Watch Friday, April 16, 1976

John H. Allen

Patrolmen John Allen and Steven Poetker were killed when their vehicle was struck by a train at an unguarded crossing near Waldo.

The two were returning from the Arkansas Law Enforcement Training Academy in East Camden, Arkansas. They had just joined the chief of their department in a chase when the accident occurred. Patrolman Poetker had graduated from the academy at 1:00 pm and the accident occurred shortly after 2:00 pm.


  • Age Not available
  • Tour 1 year
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Struck by train

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You're never forgotten. While your service was brief, thank you for all you did. God bless

Special Agent-in-Charge Diane Upchurch
FBI - Little Rock

April 16, 2017

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