Private William D. Allen

Private William D. Allen

United States Department of the Interior - United States Park Police, U.S. Government

End of Watch Monday, November 12, 1923

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William D. Allen

Private William Allen was electrocuted when he picked up a radio wire that was being installed on a home illegally.

He was off duty and at home following the birth of his daughter when a neighbor, who knew he was a policeman, notified him that another neighbor was stringing the illegal radio wire at 124 Yuma Street, SE, in Washington, DC.

Private Allen went to the woman's house and picked up the wire that was laying on the ground, not realizing that it had come in contact with an overhead electrical wire. He was shocked and killed instantly when he touched it.

Private Allen was survived by his wife and 5-day-old daughter.


  • Age 25
  • Tour Not available
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Electrocuted
  • Location District of Columbia

off duty

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Pvt. Allen,
On today, the 100th anniversary of your death I would just like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice for our Country-not just as a Law Enforcement Officer but also when you served with the U.S. Army Air Service during World War I.


United States Border Patrol

November 12, 2023

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