Policeman John Yelenosky

Policeman John Yelenosky

Lynch Police Department, Kentucky

End of Watch Tuesday, February 15, 1949

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John Yelenosky

Policeman John Yelenosky was shot and killed as he and another officer attempted to breakup a fight between union organizers and local workers.

As the two policemen attempted to separate the groups, shots were fired and Policeman Yelenosky was killed.

The other officer, who was wounded, was able to return fire and wounded the killer.

The 24-year-old suspect was convicted of manslaughter and sentenced to two years in prison in March of 1950.

Policeman Yelenosky was survived by his wife and three children.


  • Age 40
  • Tour 17 years
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Gun; Unknown type
  • Offender Sentenced to 2 years

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Officer Yelenosky,
On today, the 75th anniversary of your death I would just like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice for the citizens of Lynch. And to your Family and loved ones, I wish to extend my deepest sympathy.

BPA Mike Casey
United States Border Patrol(Retired)

February 15, 2024

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