Night Watchman Joseph Zacharek

Night Watchman Joseph Zacharek

Chicago, Milwaukee, St. Paul and Pacific Railroad Police Department, Railroad Police

End of Watch Friday, June 8, 1894

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Joseph Zacharek

Night Watchman Joseph Zacharek, alias Joseph O'Harek, was shot and killed while attempting to remove three trespassers from a boxcar at the intersection of Oakley Avenue and Kinzie Street in Chicago, Illinois.

He was patrolling the railroad's Western Avenue yards when he encountered the three men attempting to board an outgoing train. He was shot and killed as he attempted to remove them from the train.

All three men were charged with Night Watchman Zacharek's murder. Charges against two were dismissed and the third man was acquitted at trial.


  • Age Not available
  • Tour Not available
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Location Illinois
  • Weapon Handgun
  • Offender Acquitted


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How tragic that NONE of your killers faced any prison time. We can only hope and believe that they faced true justice , if not in this world if not the next.

God Bless and may you forever rest in peace.

Ptl. Jim Leahy, Jr.
Harvard University Police Dept.

January 12, 2018

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