Park Guard Joseph Sankey

Park Guard Joseph Sankey

Fairmount Park Police Department, Pennsylvania

End of Watch Wednesday, September 9, 1964

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Joseph Sankey

Park Guard Joseph Sankey died after falling out of a patrol wagon during the 1964 riots.

The patrol wagon was involved in an accident at 24th Street and Cumberland Avenue and Guard Sankey's door opened. He fell out of the door and struck his head on the curb. He was transported to Women's Medical Hospital where he died almost three hours later.


  • Age 28
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Incident Details

  • Cause Automobile crash

civil unrest

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To fully appreciate the heroes of the present, we must recognize our heroes of the past. Your heroism and service is honored today, the 49th anniversary year of your death. I am priviliged to leave a tribute to you. Your memory lives and you continue to inspire. Thank you for your service. My cherished son Larry Lasater was a fellow police officer who was murdered in the line of duty on April 24, 2005 while serving as a Pittsburg, CA police officer.

Time never diminishes respect. Your memory will always be honored and revered. Rest In Peace.

Phyllis Lasater Loya
mom of fallen Pittsburg (CA) officer Larry Lasater

May 2, 2013

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