Night Watchman William A. Daniels

Night Watchman William A. Daniels

Cassopolis Police Department, Michigan

End of Watch Monday, January 26, 1903

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William A. Daniels

Night Watchman Daniels was killed when a large piece of ice fell on him while he was investigating a possible burglary in progress in a town store.

Night Watchman Daniels was on his regular patrol route when he heard noise from the rear of a store in town. Thinking there might me a burglary in progress; Night Watchman Daniels went to the rear of the building, with his revolver drawn, to check. Unknown to Night Watchman Daniels, the noise he had heard was the sound of large icicles falling from the roof of the building. While inspecting the rear of the building a large piece of ice fell from the roof and struck Night Watchman Daniels on the head, killing him.

Prior to his service with the Cassopolis Police Department, Night Watchmen Daniels had served for three years in the United States Army, Company D, 4th Regular Infantry. He was survived by his parents and two sisters.


  • Age 25
  • Tour Not available
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Accidental

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Night Watchman Daniels, it has been 110 years since your tragic death, and you are not forgotten. You lived as a hero and will forever be remembered as one.

Sergeant B. Wolgast
Florida Department of Corrections

January 26, 2013

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