Chief of Police James Albert Welch

Chief of Police James Albert Welch

New Cumberland Borough Police Department, Pennsylvania

End of Watch Thursday, February 16, 1928

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James Albert Welch

Chief of Police James Welch was fatally injured when a booby-trapped still exploded in York County while he and several federal prohibition agents were destroying it.

They had located the still in a secret cavern below a farmhouse near the Cedar Grove School near Lewisberry.

His wounds were initially not thought to be that serious. Because Chief Welch had not fully recovered from being shot while making an arrest one year earlier complications with his condition resulted. He died in the Harrisburg Hospital one week later after the blast.

Chief Welch was survived by his wife and two children.


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Incident Details

  • Cause Bomb
  • Incident Date Thursday, February 2, 1928
  • Weapon Explosives; Bomb
  • Offender Not available

alcohol violation

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Your heroism and service is honored today, the 84th anniversary of your death. Your memory lives and you continue to inspire. Thank you for your service. My cherished son Larry Lasater was a fellow police officer murdered in the line of duty on April 24, 2005 while serving as a Pittsburg, CA police officer.

Rest In Peace

Phyllis Loya
Mom of fallen California Officer Larry Lasater, Pittsburg PD, eow 4/24/05

February 23, 2012

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