Patrolman Patrick Rodgers

Patrolman Patrick Rodgers

Swissvale Borough Police Department, Pennsylvania

End of Watch Saturday, February 8, 1908

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Patrick Rodgers

Patrolman Rodgers was walking to the Swissvale Police Station to report for duty when he was struck and killed by a train on the railroad tracks in the area of Waverly Street and Noble Street.

He had been crossing the railroad tracks near the Swissvale Railroad Station when he had stepped backwards to avoid being hit by a train going west only to step in front of an eastbound train. There was no regular crossing in the area and Patrolman Rodgers had no other way then to cross the tracks. A coroner investigation concluded his death was accidental.

Patrolman Rodgers had served with the Swissvale Police Department for only seven months. He was survived by his parents and siblings.


  • Age 25
  • Tour 7 months
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Struck by train

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Patrolman Rodgers,
On today, the 109th anniversary of your death I would just like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice for the citizens of Swissvale Borough.


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February 8, 2017

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