Detective William J. Hanson

Detective William J. Hanson

Jersey Central Railroad Police Department, Railroad Police

End of Watch Friday, July 4, 1902

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William J. Hanson

Detective William Hanson and Patrolman John Cosgrove were struck and killed by a train while patrolling the Jersey Central lines near the Communipaw Avenue Station in Jersey City, New Jersey.

The two officers, and a friend who sometimes accompanied them on patrol, were searching for a gang of thieves.

It is believed they saw a train coming on one track and stepped onto another track to get out of its way. They failed to see a train coming on the second track as well and all three were struck and killed. Their bodies were found a short time later by a train engineer on another train.


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Incident Details

  • Cause Struck by train
  • Location New Jersey

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And it’s that time of year again when we say thank you for your service and sacrifice and that we’ll never forget. Rest in peace always.

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

July 4, 2021

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