Deputy Joseph J. Wachowiak

Deputy Joseph J. Wachowiak

Erie County Sheriff's Office, New York

End of Watch Thursday, November 4, 1948

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Joseph J. Wachowiak

Deputy Joseph Wachowiak was killed after being struck on the head and beaten with a broken mop handle during a jail escape involving five inmates. All five were captured and the leader was charged with first degree murder.

The 31-year-old leader was convicted of first degree murder and sentenced to life. He died in Dannemora Prison on November 1, 1954.

Deputy Wachowiak was survived by his wife and three children.


  • Age 49
  • Tour Not available
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Assault
  • Weapon Blunt object
  • Offender Died in prison

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I said a little prayer today for Deputy Wachowiak and his family. He may be gone but never forgotten. He will always be a New York HERO.

Robyn Wilkes

November 3, 2015

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