Special Officer Leonard M. Kennedy

Special Officer Leonard M. Kennedy

Missouri-Kansas-Texas Railroad Police Department, Railroad Police

End of Watch Wednesday, July 19, 1922

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Leonard M. Kennedy

Special Officer Leonard Kennedy was struck and killed by a freight train north of Burlington, Kansas, while guarding the bridge over Otter Creek.

His body was located in the water below the bridge when another officer arrived to relieve him at approximately 6:00 am. It was believed that he was struck by an unscheduled freight train at approximately 2:00 am. He had been assigned to the guard the bridge to assist United States Marshals who were protecting the railroad infrastructure during a strike by MKT railroad employees.

The location of the bridge where Officer Kennedy was killed is now covered by the John Redmond Reservoir.

Officer Kennedy was a U.S. Army veteran. He was survived by his father and three brothers.


  • Age 22
  • Tour Not available
  • Badge Not available
  • Military Veteran

Incident Details

  • Cause Struck by train
  • Location Kansas


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Officer Kennedy,
On today, the 100th anniversary of your death I would just like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice-not just as a Law Enforcement Officer but for our Country as well when you served with the U.S. Army during World War I.


United States Border Patrol

July 19, 2022

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