Patrolman James Appleby

Patrolman James Appleby

New Albany Police Department, Indiana

End of Watch Monday, April 2, 1928

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James Appleby

Patrolman James Appleby died as the result of contracting rabies when he was bitten by a cat while on patrol in December 1927.

The cat had been following him as he made his rounds and followed him into a store. The cat then fell down at his feet. As he reached down to pick it up the cat bit him on hand, causing a wound. He developed hydrophobia as a result and died on April 2nd, 1928.

Patrolman Appleby was survived by his wife.


  • Age 72
  • Tour Not available
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Incident Details

  • Cause Duty related illness
  • Incident Date Thursday, December 1, 1927

animal bite

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Patrolman Appleby,
On today, the 89th anniversary of your death I would just like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice for the citizens of New Albany.


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April 2, 2017

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