Chief Cyrus E. Van Sickle

Chief Cyrus E. Van Sickle

Illinois Central Railroad Police Department, Railroad Police

End of Watch Friday, February 11, 1916

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Cyrus E. Van Sickle

Chief Watchman Cyrus Van Sickle was shot and killed in the Illinois Central Railroad yards near South Water Street, in Chicago, Illinois.

He confronted a man behind a warehouse in the freight yards near the Chicago River and Lake Michigan. During the encounter the two exchanged shots and both were fatally wounded.

Chief Watchman Van Sickle was survived by his wife and two children.


  • Age 35
  • Tour Not available
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Location Illinois
  • Weapon Gun; Unknown type
  • Offender Shot and killed

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Chief Watchman Van Sickle, it's now been 106 years since you were murdered. Your sacrifice has not been forgotten. Thank you for your service in helping to protect one of America's greatest assets, it's Railroads.

God Bless you, Brother and may your eternal rest be forever peaceful.

Ptl. Jim Leahy, Jr.
Harvard University Police Department

February 11, 2022

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