Patrolman John R. Ogden

Patrolman John R. Ogden

Buffalo Police Department, New York

End of Watch Tuesday, July 25, 1911

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John R. Ogden

Patrolman Ogden was electrocuted when he attempted to move a downed powerline while on duty.

Patrolman Odgen was on patrol on his foot post when he came upon an electrical wire that was lying on the ground. Fearing for the safety of the nearby residents, Patrolman Odgen decided the line should be wrapped around the base of a nearby street lamp. As the streetlights were not lighted, Patrolman Ogden assumed that it was safe to move the wire. Just as Patrolman Odgen started to pick up the wire, power was restored to the line in an attempt to test it. Patrolman Odgen was hit with 8,000 volts of electricity and killed instantly.

Patrolman Ogden had served with the Buffalo Police Department for 18 years, and was survived by his wife and three children.


  • Age 44
  • Tour 18 years
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Electrocuted

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Thank you for your service and please know that your sacrifice will never, ever be forgotten. Rest in peace always.

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

July 25, 2020

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