Police Officer William Sheahan

Police Officer William Sheahan

St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department, Missouri

End of Watch Friday, June 28, 1895

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William Sheahan

Police Officer William Sheahan drowned after he accidentally fell into the Mississippi River, at the foot of Madison Street, at approximately 8:30 pm.

He had been assigned to prevent accidents and keep the peace for passengers on excursion boats leaving the wharf. As the steamer City of Vicksburg was preparing to pull out Officer Sheahan stepped back and fell into the river's swift current. He was pulled underneath the boat and drowned despite several attempts to rescue him.

His body was recovered two days later near the foot of Tyler Street.

Officer Sheahan was survived by his wife and four children.


  • Age 34
  • Tour Not available
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Drowned

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He was my Great Grandfather. The City of St. Louis, Missouri has refused to acknowledge his death while on duty. It was documented in the St. Louis newspapers. I guess a part-time officer doesn't matter.

Tammy Sheahan O'Connor
Great Granddaughter

August 13, 2021

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