Railroad Detective Boleslaus J. "Bernard" Wozniak

Railroad Detective Boleslaus J. "Bernard" Wozniak

Michigan Central Railroad Police Department, Railroad Police

End of Watch Monday, May 20, 1918

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Boleslaus J. "Bernard" Wozniak

Detective Rody Goe and Detective Bernard Wozniak were shot and killed in the Dearborn Yards, near Miller Road in Dearborn, Michigan, while they conducted surveillance with five other detectives.

Earlier in the day, a railroad worker had discovered a pile of stolen tires hidden in the railroad yards. The detectives were alerted and hid near the area to await the return of the thieves.

At approximately 10:00 pm four men were observed approaching the area carrying timber they were going to use to string the tires onto. When Detective Goe shined his light on them and told them to stop, the men immediately opened fire. Detective Goe and Detective Wozniak were mortally wounded and two of the other agents were also wounded. It is believed that Detective Wozniak was inadvertently struck by a shotgun blast fired by another detective as he ran up an embankment. The other detectives returned fire but did not strike the suspects as they fled.

Two of the suspects were apprehended the following night. Both men were convicted of Detective Goe's murder and sentenced to life in prison. On November 21st, 1918, one of the men escaped from the state prison in Jackson. It is not known if he was ever recaptured.

Detective Wozniak was survived by his parents. He was buried in Holy Cross Catholic Cemetery in Detroit, Michigan.


  • Age 25
  • Tour 7 months
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire (Inadvertent)
  • Location Michigan
  • Incident Date Saturday, May 18, 1918
  • Weapon Shotgun
  • Offender Sentenced to life

larceny, trespasser

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Det. Wozniak,
On today, the 100th anniversary of your death I would just like to say thank you to you and your fellow Detective who was also killed in that incident for your service and sacrifice as Law Enforcement Officers.


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May 20, 2018

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