Police Officer Samuel B. "Toby" Hamilton

Police Officer Samuel B. "Toby" Hamilton

Philadelphia Police Department, Pennsylvania

End of Watch Friday, February 28, 1908

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Samuel B. "Toby" Hamilton

Police Officer Toby Hamilton succumbed to a leg injury sustained one week earlier when he was attacked by his prisoner near the 200 block of North Camac Street.

Officer Hamilton had been alerted by a citizen of a burglary in progress at her residence. As he made entry into the residence he located and arrested a subject he found inside for attempted burglary. While he was escorting the prisoner to the police station he was attacked and severely kicked in his leg. He had managed to take control of his prisoner again and walked him the rest of the way to the station and placed them into a jail cell. He was removed to the hospital because he was unable to walk. While being treated blood poisoning set in and he succumbed to his injury one week later.

Police Officer Hamilton had served with the Philadelphia Police Department for less than 11 years and was assigned to the Sixth Police District. He was survived by his wife and infant son.


  • Age 34
  • Tour 10 years, 9 months
  • Badge 614

Incident Details

  • Cause Assault
  • Incident Date Wednesday, February 19, 1908
  • Weapon Person
  • Offender Not available

burglary, escape attempt

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Officer Hamilton,
On today, the 111th anniversary of your death I would just like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice for the citizens of Philadelphia.

BPA Mike Casey
United States Border Patrol
El Paso Station

February 28, 2019

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