Patrolman Samuel Banks

Patrolman Samuel Banks

Youngstown Police Department, Ohio

End of Watch Monday, October 6, 1919

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Samuel Banks

Patrolman Samuel Banks succumbed to injuries he received when he was struck by a streetcar on the Sharon Line while delivering checks to other officers.

He was attempting to cross the tracks at Stop 7 when the westbound streetcar struck him, knocking him 250 feet. He suffered severe head and internal injuries and died a short time later.

Patrolman Banks had served with the Youngstown Police Department for at least nine years. He was survived by his wife, son, and daughter.

The Sharon Line Streetcar ran along Jacobs Road, connecting Youngstown with Sharon, Pennsylvania.


  • Age 41
  • Tour 9 years
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Struck by streetcar
  • Incident Date Saturday, October 4, 1919

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NEVER FORGET! On behalf of the Ohio Attorneys General Bureau of Criminal Identification & Investigation, we honor the dedicated service and ultimate sacrifice of Patrolman Samuel Banks of the Youngstown Police Department, Ohio and the additional 73 American Peace Officers who have paid the ultimate sacrifice on this date in history.

Superintendent Joe Morbitzer
Ohio Attorney General, Bureau of Criminal Investigation

October 6, 2023

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