Special Policeman Joseph Antone Sigler

Special Policeman Joseph Antone Sigler

Bulpitt Police Department, Illinois

End of Watch Friday, September 14, 1934

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Joseph Antone Sigler

Special Policeman Joseph Sigler succumbed to gunshot wounds he suffered four days earlier after escorting a citizen to his residence.

He and his brother were requested to escort a local garage proprietor from a saloon to his home. Upon their arrival, the resident pointed out some bullet holes that had recently been shot into his house. As they conversed in front of the residence, a neighbor and the homeowner's wife joined them and the officer's brother left to walk home. Shortly after this, at about 2:45 am, the four were fired upon in the darkness, seriously injuring Special Policeman Sigler and the neighbor. The neighbor died later in the day from his injuries.

Special Policeman Sigler was struck in the back near his shoulder where the bullet lodged in his spine, causing paralysis. He succumbed to his injuries four days later at St. John's Hospital in Springfield.

Those responsible for the murders were never apprehended, but it was suspected the ambush occurred due to an ongoing dispute between two rival labor unions seeking control of the local coal mine employees.

Special Policeman Sigler had served with the Bulpitt Police Department for several months and was a US Army veteran of WWI. He was survived by his wife, daughter, three sons, four sisters and three brothers.


  • Age 38
  • Tour Not available
  • Badge Not available
  • Military Veteran

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Incident Date Monday, September 10, 1934
  • Weapon Gun; Unknown type
  • Offender Never apprehended


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Delaware State Police (Retired)

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