Chief of Police Charles W. Dimock

Chief of Police Charles W. Dimock

Towanda Borough Police Department, Pennsylvania

End of Watch Sunday, July 20, 1890

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Charles W. Dimock

Chief of Police Charles Dimock died after falling from a railroad bridge while attempting to arrest a group of hobos who were riding on a Lehigh Valley Railroad freight train.

He had received word that 15 men were riding on the train by a railroad detective. The detective, Chief Dimock, and several other officers had gone to the railroad bridge outside of town and intercepted it. After removing seven people from the train Chief Dimock fell through a gap in the railroad ties on the bridge. He fell 36 feet to the rocks below and suffered a fatal back injury.

Chief Dimock was a Union Army veteran of the Civil War and had served with the Towanda Borough Police Department for 15 years.


  • Age 46
  • Tour 15 years
  • Badge Not available
  • Military Veteran

Incident Details

  • Cause Fall

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On this 130th anniversary of your heroic actions and untimely departure, we say thank you for your service and please know that no passage of time will ever erase your sacrifice and heroism. Rest in peace always.

Detective Cpl/3 Steven Rizzo
Delaware State Police (Retired)

July 20, 2020

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