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

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Your heroism and service is honored today, the 90th anniversary of your death. Your memory lives and you continue to inspire. Thank you for your service. My cherished son Larry Lasater was a fellow police officer who was murdered in the line of duty on April 24, 2005 while serving as a Pittsburg, CA police officer.

Time never diminishes respect. Your memory will always be honored and revered.

Rest In Peace.

Phyllis Loya
Mom of fallen California Officer Larry Lasater, Pittsburg PD, eow 4/24/05

April 16, 2012

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