Railroad Detective Oscar R. Spatch

Railroad Detective Oscar R. Spatch

Cincinnati, New Orleans and Texas Pacific Railway Police, Railroad Police

End of Watch Tuesday, March 21, 1911

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Oscar R. Spatch

Railroad Detective Oscar Spatch was shot and killed in Boyle County, Kentucky, while protecting a train during a worker's strike.

The train was being operated by strike-breakers and had stopped for water approximately one mile north of Junction City. As the engineer filled the train's boiler Detective Spatch was shot by a man from ambush and killed instantly.

The engineer and train's fireman immediately loaded Detective Spatch's body into the engine, decoupled it from the freight cars, and immediately took him to Danville.


  • Age Not available
  • Tour Not available
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Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Location Kentucky
  • Weapon Gun; Unknown type
  • Offender Not available

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Det. Spatch,
On today, the 110th anniversary of your death I would just like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice as a Law Enforcement Officer.


United States Border Patrol

March 21, 2021

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