Night Policeman William Baker

Night Policeman William Baker

Philadelphia Police Department, Pennsylvania

End of Watch Friday, December 26, 1851

William Baker

Policeman William Baker was killed while assisting at the scene of a large fire at the intersection of 6th Street and Chestnut Street. Policeman Baker was attempting to rescue several people and remove property from a burning building when a portion of it collapsed, trapping them inside.

The remains of Policeman Baker and a prominent citizen were recovered the following day.

Policeman Baker was survived by his wife. He is buried in Saint John the Evangelist Church Cemetery in Philadelphia.


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Incident Details

  • Cause Fire

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Officer Baker,
On today, the 164th anniversary of your death I would just like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice for the citizens of Philadelphia.


United States Border Patrol

December 26, 2015

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