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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I am the great grandson of Captain Leonard. He was the original Irishman to Migrate to this country for the Leonard family to start their great adventure in the United States. He was my three time great grandfather. I have tried to find out anything about his parents to no success. If anyone can point me in the right direction I will appreciate it so much. Fires in Ireland have destroyed a lot of our records so that makes it hard.

Daniel T Leonard

October 30, 2021

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