Police Officer Charles Willard Masterson

Police Officer Charles Willard Masterson

Decatur Police Department, Illinois

End of Watch Saturday, April 8, 1911

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Charles Willard Masterson

Policei Officer Charles Masterson was struck and killed by a train at the railroad crossing on North Union Street.

He and three other men were riding on a horse-drawn carriage, responding to a domestic disturbance call at the time of the accident. As they began crossing the railroad tracks, they observed a fast approaching train. Fearing the wagon would be struck by the train, Officer Masterson jumped off but fell into the path of the train. He was transported to a local hospital where he succumbed to his injuries approximately one hour later.

Officer Masterson had served with the Decatur Police Department for two years.


  • Age 51
  • Tour 2 years
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Struck by train


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Officer Masterson's story was read in Richton Park Police Department's roll call on 10-13-16 to honor him.

Sgt. James Galvan

October 14, 2016

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