Policeman Robert Simons

Policeman Robert Simons

Philadelphia Police Department, Pennsylvania

End of Watch Wednesday, February 17, 1909

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Robert Simons

Policeman Robert Simons was struck and killed by a Reading Railroad freight train while searching the freight yards near South 52nd Street in the Gray's Ferry area of Philadelphia.

He and another officer were searching for a man wanted in Wilmington, Delaware, for a stabbing. Detectives in Wilmington believed the man was heading to Philadelphia on a freight train and alerted police to search for him. Policeman Simons and a second officer were both struck by the train. The other officer suffered non-life threatening injuries.

Policeman Simons had served with the Philadelphia Police Department for 11 years. He was survived by his wife.


  • Age 40
  • Tour 11 years
  • Badge 3208

Incident Details

  • Cause Struck by train

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On this actual anniversary of your untimely and heroic death I’d like to reiterate my previous reflection and say that your law enforcement family will never forget. Rest in peace always.

Detective Cpl/3 Steven Rizzo
Delaware State Police (Retired)

February 17, 2021

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