Policeman William Weiss

Policeman William Weiss

Philadelphia Police Department, Pennsylvania

End of Watch Sunday, May 8, 1910

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William Weiss

Policeman William Weiss was run over by a chariot at the Barnum and Bailey Circus, at the show grounds at 19th Street and Hunting Park Avenue, as he rescued three children who were about to by struck by it.

He was able to push the three children to safety but sustained fatal injuries when he was struck by the chariot. He was transported to Samaritan Hospital where he succumbed to his injuries.

Policeman Weiss had served with the Philadelphia Police Department in the 36th District for 22 years. He was survived by his wife and six children.


  • Age 50
  • Tour 22 years
  • Badge 3618

Incident Details

  • Cause Animal related
  • Incident Date Thursday, May 5, 1910

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Your actions saved lives that day and no passage of time can ever erase your service and sacrifice. Rest in peace always.

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

May 8, 2021

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