Private Charles Lester Stewart

Private Charles Lester Stewart

Pennsylvania State Police, Pennsylvania

End of Watch Friday, July 18, 1930

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Charles Lester Stewart

Private Stewart was shot and killed during a sting operation against the "Black Hand Society". After a blackmail threat, $10,000 was placed in a decoy box. Private Stewart approached a passerby for questioning. The stranger pulled a gun and fired three shots at him. Private Stewart was able to return fire, killing the suspect.
Private Stewart had served with the Pennsylvania State Police for 13 months. He was survived by his parents and two brothers.


  • Age 22
  • Tour 1 year, 1 month
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Gun; Unknown type
  • Offender Shot and killed by Pvt. Stewart

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Rest easy today Private, you did your duty and made the Commonwealth a safer place.

"Each of these men died as few men do--a hero.
Someone had said once that a hero is no braver than anyone else; he's just brave 5 minutes longer. But the men we're talking about today are brave every minute, ever hour around the clock, and have chosen that path of courage for their lives." - President Ronald Reagan at an LEO Memorial Service, 1983.


July 18, 2015

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