Chief of Police Frederick Thomas Towle

Chief of Police Frederick Thomas Towle

Colebrook Police Department, New Hampshire

End of Watch Sunday, June 17, 1956

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Frederick Thomas Towle

Chief of Police Frederick Towle suffered a fatal heart attack while attempting to arrest a man for being drunk in public.

Chief Towle was off duty at the time and walking down Main Street with his teenage daughter when he observed the intoxicated man in a vehicle on Main Street. After removing the man from the car to arrest him, a struggle ensued. During the struggle, Chief Towle collapsed.

Chief Towle had served with the Colebrook Police Department for 10 years. He is survived by his wife and four children.


  • Age 52
  • Tour 10 years
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Heart attack

alcohol violation, arrest attempt

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Chief Towle, it has been 68 years since you were taken from us doing what many of what we small town Chief's do, whether on duty or off. New England law enforcement has continued to thrive, learn and become safer due to the traditions and sacrifices you, your family, and many others have made for us. Thank you for your 10 years of law enforcement service.

Chief (Ret) Steven Marshall
Georges Mills, NH

June 17, 2024

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