Patrolman John Cosgrove

Patrolman John Cosgrove

Jersey Central Railroad Police Department, Railroad Police

End of Watch Friday, July 4, 1902

John Cosgrove

Patrolman John Cosgrove and Detective William Hanson 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.

Patrolman Cosgrove was survived by his wife and 10-year-old daughter.


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Incident Details

  • Cause Struck by train
  • Location New Jersey

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Rest in Peace Patrolman John Cosgrove. Thank You for your Service and Sacrifice protecting America's steel roadways.

I Pray for Peace for your Family, Friends and Co-Workers.


Senior Special Agent B.L. Sherwood (Ret)
Port Terminal Railroad Police Houston, TX

July 6, 2016

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