Detective Joseph E. Essington

Detective Joseph E. Essington

Cleveland, Cincinnati, Chicago and St. Louis Railroad Police Department, Railroad Police

End of Watch Monday, November 12, 1923

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Joseph E. Essington

Detective Joseph Essington was struck and killed by a train in the Big Four Railroad yards in South Anderson, Indiana.

He was patrolling the yards when he accidentally stepped into the patch of a switch engine that was backing up with a string of cars. It is believed that he did not hear the engine due to the noise in the rail yard. His body was found later in the morning by a railroad employee.

Detective Essington had served with the Cleveland, Cincinnati, Chicago and St. Louis Railroad Police Department for only one year. He was survived by his wife and daughter.


  • Age 47
  • Tour 1 year
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Struck by train
  • Location Indiana

foot patrol, train

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Det. Essington,
On today, the 100th anniversary of your death I would just like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice as a Law Enforcement Officer.


United States Border Patrol

November 12, 2023

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