Patrolman Benjamin Franklin Yost

Patrolman Benjamin Franklin Yost

Tamaqua Borough Police Department, Pennsylvania

End of Watch Tuesday, July 6, 1875

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Benjamin Franklin Yost

Patrolman Benjamin Yost was shot and killed in retaliation for a previous arrest he had made.

Patrolman Yost was on foot patrol when two men approached and shot him. He died from the wounds.

It was later discovered that Patrolman Yost was killed because he had previously arrested a member of a notorious gang know as the Order of the Molly Maguires. This group of local miners had assigned two men to murder Patrolman Yost following the arrest of one of the gang's members.

Ten men were later arrested and charged in connection with two murders, including Patrolman Yost's . All ten men were later executed.

Patrolman Yost had served in the Civil war. He is buried in Odd Fellows Cemetery, Tamaqua, Pennsylvania.


  • Age 34
  • Tour Not available
  • Badge Not available
  • Military Veteran

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Handgun; .32 caliber
  • Offender Ten executed

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Thank you for your service as both a law enforcement officer and a veteran. As a descendant of the family wasn't sure how you passed. Your sacrifice will not be forgotten.

Luke Moyer
Family descendant. ( Yost )

October 24, 2019

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