Detective Daniel Francis McCrea

Detective Daniel Francis McCrea

Buffalo, Rochester and Pittsburgh Railroad Police, Railroad Police

End of Watch Wednesday, June 24, 1908

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Daniel Francis McCrea

Detective Daniel McCrea succumbed to a gunshot wound received four days earlier at the Buffalo Creek rail yards near, Fillmore Avenue, in Buffalo, New York.

He was attacked by several men who he and a New York Central officer had told to leave shortly before. After driving the men off with his billy club Detective McCrea boarded a freight train at Fillmore Avenue and Clinton Street and stood on the bumpers between two cars.

One of the men that he had just told to leave climbed to the top of the car, as the other four stood watch on the ground, and surprised Detective McCrea. The man fired as Detective McCrea looked up, striking him in the face. Detective McCrea was taken to Emergency Hospital where he died two days later. One suspect was arrested the following day but the shooter fled on a west-bound freight train.

Detective McCrea was much disliked by the local criminals and had been shot at several times during the previous weeks. He had been a detective with the railroad for only a few months. He was survived by his father.


  • Age 22
  • Tour 6 months
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Location New York
  • Incident Date Saturday, June 20, 1908
  • Weapon Gun; Unknown type
  • Offender Not available

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No passage of time will ever erase your memory, service and sacrifice. Rest in peace always.

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

June 24, 2020

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