Detective John Boss

Detective John Boss

New York Central Railroad Police Department, Railroad Police

End of Watch Sunday, August 24, 1919

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John Boss

Detective John Boss was shot and killed as he arrested two thieves on a freight train near Graytown, Ohio. He and several other railroad detectives were guarding the merchandise train as it headed for Toledo, Ohio.

He encountered two men hiding in a freight car and was placing them in handcuffs when a third suspect opened fire on him, striking him the abdomen. All three suspects then fled.

Detective Boss was taken to St. Vincent's Hospital, where he succumbed to his wound.

A suspect was arrested several days later and held in connection with his murder.


  • Age 43
  • Tour Not available
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Location Ohio
  • Incident Date Friday, August 22, 1919
  • Weapon Gun; Unknown type
  • Offender At large

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Rest In Peace Railroad Police Detective John Boss. Thank You for your Service and Sacrifice protecting America's steel roadways.

I Pray for Peace for your Family, Friends and Co-Workers and those brave souls who choose to follow in your footsteps. I also Pray that the scum who murdered you shall burn forever in the lake of fire.


B. Sherwood Senior Special Agent retired
Port Terminal Railroad Police Houston, TX

August 20, 2016

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