Patrolman Emil Woelffel

Patrolman Emil Woelffel

Buffalo Police Department, New York

End of Watch Saturday, April 15, 1922

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Emil Woelffel

Patrolman Emil Woelffel was struck and killed by a train while on a guard post.

Due to a railroad worker's strike, Patrolman Woelffel was assigned to guard the New York Central Railroad Overpass at the corner of Niagara and Tonawanda Streets. At approximately 1530 hours, a light switch engine was traveling on the same tracks that Patrolman Woelffel was guarding. The train was traveling backward on the tracks and the operator never blew its whistle. The train struck Patrolman Woelffel and dragged him 20 feet along the tracks, fracturing his skull. Patrolman Woelffel died from his injuries before he could be taken to a hospital.

Patrolman Woelffel had served with the Buffalo Police Department for 30 years.


  • Age 64
  • Tour 30 years
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Struck by train

train crash

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Patrolman Woelffel,
On today, the 100th anniversary of your death I would just like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice for the citizens of Buffalo.


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April 15, 2022

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