Police Officer William R. Plummer

Police Officer William R. Plummer

Pennsylvania Railroad Police Department, Railroad Police

End of Watch Tuesday, November 25, 1879

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William R. Plummer

Police Officer William Plummer was struck and killed by a train while making his rounds at the Pennsylvania Railroad depot in Tyrone, Pennsylvania.

He was checking several boxcars that were parked on a siding when an eastbound freight train approached. As he stepped off of the track he was struck by a westbound express mail train. It is believed the sound of the of freight train, combined with being on a sharp curve, prevented him from noticing the express mail train.

Officer Plummer had served as a police officer and night watchman for the Pennsylvania Railroad for approximately 11 years. He was a widower and survived by his seven sons and one daughter. He was predeceased by three other sons.


  • Age 65
  • Tour 11 years
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Struck by train
  • Location Pennsylvania

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Officer Plummer,
On today, the 140th anniversary of your death I would just like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice as a Law Enforcement Officer.


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November 25, 2019

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