Railroad Detective Charles George Nolan, Sr.

Railroad Detective Charles George Nolan, Sr.

Grand Trunk Railroad Police Department, Railroad Police

End of Watch Tuesday, May 13, 1924

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Charles George Nolan, Sr.

Detective Nolan was shot and killed in Detroit, Michigan, by what was believed to be a gang of box-car thieves responsible for a substantial amount of thefts. After Detective Nolan's body was found an investigation showed that he was shot with his own weapon.
Detective Nolan was survived by his wife and two children.


  • Age 29
  • Tour Not available
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Location Michigan
  • Weapon Officer's handgun
  • Offender Case never solved

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It's now been 95 years since your brutal murder. As the son of a cop of 40 years, five of which was with the New York Central, I know your job is tough and God knows, budgets make it tougher. Yet I know, Railroad Police Officers and Special Agents do an enormous amount to protect one of America's greatest assets. Thank you all for that and God Bless you in your tasks regardless of the incredible obstacles.

Detective Nolan, on this 95th anniversary of your sacrifice, please allow me to say Thank You for what you did in life. You are truly a hero.

God Bless and may your eternal rest be ever peaceful.

Ptl. Jim Leahy, Jr.
Harvard University Police Department

May 13, 2019

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