Patrolman Charles Kessler

Patrolman Charles Kessler

Port of New York Authority Police Department, New York

End of Watch Sunday, December 16, 1951

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Charles Kessler

Patrolman Kessler died after being run over by an eight-ton rescue vehicle at the exit of the Holland Tunnel.

At approximately 1645 hours, about 100 feet from the Varick Street exit of the Holland Tunnel, Patrolman Kessler was mounting an eight-ton rescue vehicle. The rescue vehicle was moving slowly from the tunnel, towing a disabled Port Authority patrol wagon. Patrolman Kessler lost his footing and fell under the wheels of the vehicle.

Patrolman Kessler had served with the Port of New York Authority Police Department for 24 years, and was one of the original officers trained for tunnel duty when the tunnel opened in October 1927

Patrolman Kessler is survived by his wife, son, and daughter.


  • Age 55
  • Tour 24 years
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Accidental

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