Police Officer William Stecker

Police Officer William Stecker

Athens Borough Police Department, Pennsylvania

End of Watch Friday, April 1, 1898

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William Stecker

Police Officer Stecker succumbed to a gunshot wound sustained on February 22nd, 1898, when he interrupted a burglary of the U.S. Post Office, at the intersection of Main Street and Elmira Street.

He caught several mean attempting to break into the front door of the post office on Main Street at approximately 3:00 am. One of the man opened fire on him, striking him in the head. Despite his wound, he and several citizens chased the suspects a short distance before losing sight of them.

Officer Stecker was taken to a local doctor's office and then transported to Robert Packer Hospital in Sayre. He succumbed to the wound on April 1st, 1898, while still in the hospital.

The subjects involved in the burglary were never apprehended.

Police Officer Stecker was survived by his wife and two children.


  • Age 49
  • Tour Not available
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Incident Date Tuesday, February 22, 1898
  • Weapon Gun; Unknown type
  • Offender Never apprehended


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Rest in peace Patrolman Steckler.

Rabbi Lewis S. Davis

April 21, 2019

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