Officer William Charles Farquhar

Officer William Charles Farquhar

Metropolitan Police Department, District of Columbia

End of Watch Wednesday, October 22, 1913

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William Charles Farquhar

Officer William Farquhar died as the result of receiving an experimental rabies vaccination after being bitten by a rabid dog on Potomac Street, NW, near M Street, NW. He was attempting to shoot the dog when he was bitten. A second officer at the scene shot and killed the dog.

The rabies treatment that was prescribed caused severe pain and paralysis and led to his death 16 days later.

Officer Farquhar had served with the Metropolitan Police Department for 15 years and was assigned to the 7th Precinct. He was survived by his wife and two sons.


  • Age 46
  • Tour Not available
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Animal related
  • Incident Date Saturday, October 4, 1913


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Officer Farquhar,
On today, the 110th anniversary of your death I would just like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice for the citizens of the District of Columbia. And to your Family and loved ones, I wish to extend my deepest sympathy.


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October 22, 2023

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