Policeman Henry Lucas

Policeman Henry Lucas

Philadelphia Police Department, Pennsylvania

End of Watch Wednesday, March 7, 1877

Henry Lucas

Policeman Henry Lucas and Policeman Jacob Boyer were killed when the Thirteenth and Fifteenth Street Railroad Company streetcar they were riding in was struck by a Reading Railroad Company train at the intersection of Broad Street and Lehigh Avenue.

Both officer, along with three others, were riding the streetcar back to the police station for their end-of-shift roll call when the crash occurred at shortly before 7:00 am. All five officers attempted to jump from the streetcar as it began to cross the railroad tracks. The other three officers successfully jumped to safety, but Policeman Boyer and Policeman Lucas suffered fatal injuries as the train collided with the streetcar. Policeman Boyer died at the scene. Policeman Lucas was taken to his home where he died the following morning.

Policeman Lucas served with the Philadelphia Police Department for five months. He was assigned to the 22nd District.


  • Age 45
  • Tour 5 months
  • Badge 829

Incident Details

  • Cause Train accident
  • Incident Date Tuesday, March 6, 1877

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Thank you for your service officer Lucas, may you and your partner rest in peace.

Valente Chavez
LASD class 425

September 16, 2017

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