Police Officer Nicholas F. Beckman

Police Officer Nicholas F. Beckman

St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department, Missouri

End of Watch Monday, September 3, 1900

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Nicholas F. Beckman

Officer Nicholas Beckman and Officer John Looney were electrocuted while attempting to use call boxes on their beats.

Earlier in the evening a power line consisting of 3200 volts had crossed onto the police call box circuit at Eight and Carr Street.

The crossing of the wires caused the current to go through the call boxes.

Officer Michael Burke died of his injuries 14 months later. Thirteen other officers were also injured in the incident.

Officer Beckman had served with the St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department for one year. He was survived by his mother.


  • Age 26
  • Tour 1 year
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Electrocuted

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Officer Beckman,
On today, the 120th anniversary of your death I would just like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice for the citizens of St.Louis.


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September 3, 2020

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