Captain Michael Leonard

Captain Michael Leonard

Pittsfield Police Department, Massachusetts

End of Watch Wednesday, June 1, 1898

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Michael Leonard

Captain Michael Leonard was killed when he struck by a train.

He was in charge of a detail assigned to the local train depot. More than 5,000 citizens had gathered there awaiting the arrival of soldiers returning from the Spanish-American War. A freight train approaching the station failed to slow down and Captain Leonard was struck as he attempted to help a mother and child off of the tracks.

Captain Leonard had served with the agency for 17 years. He was survived by his wife and 11 children.


  • Age 55
  • Tour 17 years
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Struck by train

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Proud to have Captain Michael Leonard on my family tree. He is my 2nd great grandfather, and a true hero. May he rest in peace.

Mrs. Eileen Franklin

April 15, 2017

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