Lieutenant Frank M. Stearn

Lieutenant Frank M. Stearn

Johnstown Police Department, Pennsylvania

End of Watch Saturday, May 13, 1916

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Frank M. Stearn

Lieutenant Frank Stearn died as a result of a stroke he suffered five weeks earlier while chasing several suspects.

He was walking his beat in the Old Conemaugh Boro section of the city when he noticed a group of boys at the Adams Street School. The boys began to run and Lieutenant Stearn chased them over a wall. As he jumped over the wall he suffered the stroke. He remained unconscious until his death five weeks later.

Lieutenant Stearn had served with the Johnstown Police Department for 30 years and was survived by his wife and seven children.


  • Age 69
  • Tour 30 years
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Duty related illness
  • Incident Date Thursday, May 11, 1916
  • Weapon Not available
  • Offender Not available

foot pursuit

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On this actual anniversary of your death I’d like to reiterate my previous reflection and say that your law enforcement family will always remember. Rest in peace always.

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

May 13, 2021

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