Patrolman William Levan

Patrolman William Levan

Reading Police Department, Pennsylvania

End of Watch Thursday, February 27, 1868

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William Levan

Patrolman William Levan suffered a fatal heart attack shortly after being kicked in the abdomen by a suspect who had been arrested for being drunk in public. The suspect had been found laying in a gutter by another patrolman and was being walked to jail when Patrolman Levan came to assist the officer.

The suspect began to struggle near the intersection of Ninth Street and Muhlenburg Street. The other officer threw the man to the ground as Patrolman Levan assisted. The man began to kick at both officers and struck Patrolman Levan in the abdomen.

After subduing the prisoner, Patrolman Levan asked a citizen to help take the prisoner to the jail because he began to feel ill. When they arrived at the jail Patrolman Levan went to the chief's office to tell him of the incident. He collapsed as he told the chief he had been kicked in the abdomen.

Patrolman Levan was survived by his wife and several grown children.


  • Age 60
  • Tour Not available
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Heart attack

officer assistance

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