Constable Henry Hess

Constable Henry Hess

Pennsylvania State Constable - Allegheny County, Pennsylvania

End of Watch Sunday, July 26, 1874

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Henry Hess

Constable Henry Hess drowned while attempting to rescue citizens during a flood in Allegheny City.

Heavy rains had caused a stream above O'Hara Street (present day Spring Garden Avenue in Pittsburgh) overflow, which resulted in a large landslide. Constable Hess became caught in the flood waters and drowned as he attempted to rescue several citizens in the area of Concord Street and Chestnut Street.

Constable Hess' body was located along Perry Street the following morning. An estimated 150 to 200 people died in the flood.

Constable Hess was the constable of Allegheny City's Ward 3. He was a Union Army veteran of the Civil War.


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Incident Details

  • Cause Drowned

water rescue

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Thank you for your service and please know that your sacrifice is one that will never, ever be forgotten. Rest in peace always.

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

July 26, 2020

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