Chief of Police Ray E. Curwood

Chief of Police Ray E. Curwood

Shickshinny Borough Police Department, Pennsylvania

End of Watch Monday, February 18, 1918

Ray E. Curwood

Chief of Police Ray Curwood succumbed to gunshot wounds sustained six days earlier while attempting to disarm a man who had purchased a handgun with the intent of shooting relatives.

The 34-year-old suspect was convicted of first degree murder and sentenced to death. On October 16, 1918, he died in the Luzerne County Jail of tuberculosis.

Chief Curwood had served with the Shickshinny Borough Police Department for seven years. He was survived by his wife and two children.


  • Age 27
  • Tour 7 years
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Incident Date Tuesday, February 5, 1918
  • Weapon Handgun
  • Offender Died in jail

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Chief Curwood,
On today, the 97th anniversary of your death I would just like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice for the citizens of Shickshinny Borough.


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February 18, 2015

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