Police Officer John Wesley Edwards

Police Officer John Wesley Edwards

New Castle Police Department, Pennsylvania

End of Watch Monday, December 1, 1919

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John Wesley Edwards

Officer Edwards died approximately two months after being struck in the head with a brick on Mahoning Avenue. Officer Edwards was attempting to keep the peace at a union strike which turned violent. One of the strikers threw a brick which struck him in the head. He suffered from severe headaches which eventually caused paralysis and his death.

Officer Edwards was a U.S Army veteran of the Civil war and had served with the New Castle Police Department for 11 years. He was survived by his wife and two children.


  • Age 73
  • Tour 11 years
  • Badge Not available
  • Military Veteran

Incident Details

  • Cause Assault
  • Incident Date Monday, September 22, 1919
  • Weapon Blunt object; Brick
  • Offender Not available


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No passage of time can ever erase your service and sacrifice. Rest in peace always.

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

December 1, 2020

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