Guard Edwin H. Lichtenberger

Guard Edwin H. Lichtenberger

Pennsylvania Department of Corrections, Pennsylvania

End of Watch Monday, July 17, 1944

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Edwin H. Lichtenberger

Guard Edwin Lichtenberger was murdered inside the Eastern State Penitentiary during an escape attempt by an inmate.

The inmate had planned an elaborate escape for months and had made several homemade weapons, 40-feet of rope, and several incendiary devices that he had planned to ignite as a diversion. He had picked the lock on his cell door and was preparing to set off the incendiary devices when he was unexpectedly interrupted by Guard Lichtenberger.

Using a homemade hatchet, the inmate attacked Guard Lichtenberger and struck him on the head several times, causing severe injuries. He again attempted to ignite the devices, but when they failed, he committed suicide by stabbing himself with a shank.

Guard Lichtenberger was transported to a local hospital where he succumbed to his wounds.

Guard Lichtenberger was survived by his wife, son, and daughter.


  • Age 34
  • Tour Not available
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Assault
  • Weapon Edged weapon; Hatchet
  • Offender Committed suicide

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Officer Lichtenberger,
On today, the 75th anniversary of your death I would just like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice for the citizens of the state of Pennsylvania. And to your Family and loved ones, I wish to extend my deepest sympathy. There is no tougher job in Law Enforcement than that of a Corrections Officer.

BPA Mike Casey
United States Border Patrol
El Paso Station

July 17, 2019

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