Railroad Policeman William Applestiel

Railroad Policeman William Applestiel

Northern Pacific Railroad Police Department, Railroad Police

End of Watch Wednesday, December 19, 1917

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William Applestiel

Railroad Policeman William Applestiel was shot while attempting to apprehend burglary suspects in the Auburn, Washington, rail yards.

He had observed the men loading stolen liquor into a vehicle and attempted to arrest them. The men opened fire, killing Policeman Applestiel.

A railroad switchman and several other railroad employees were charged with murder in connection with his death.


  • Age 45
  • Tour Not available
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Location Washington
  • Weapon Gun; Unknown type
  • Offender Apprehended


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On today, the 102nd anniversary of your death I would just like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice-not just as a LEO but for our Country as well when you served with the U.S. Armed Forces-especially during the Spanish-American War. And to your Family and loved ones, I wish to extend my deepest sympathy.


United States Border Patrol

December 19, 2019

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