Police Officer William H. Knecht

Police Officer William H. Knecht

Philadelphia Police Department, Pennsylvania

End of Watch Monday, June 20, 1898

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William H. Knecht

Police Officer William Knecht Suffered a fatal heart attack as a result of helping an injured man three weeks earlier in the 3100 block of Webster Street.

He had helped free a man who became pinned underneath of his vehicle while working on it. Officer Knecht took the man to Saint Joseph's Hospital for treatment when he became stricken due to over-exertion and extreme heat. He remained at the hospital for more than a week until he was released to go back home. While at home resting he went to sleep and lapsed into a coma until he passed away one week later.

Officer Knecht had served with the Philadelphia Police Department for 36 years and was assigned to the 12th Police District. He was survived by his wife and several children.


  • Age 63
  • Tour 36 years
  • Badge 485

Incident Details

  • Cause Heart attack
  • Incident Date Wednesday, June 1, 1898


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No passage of time will ever erase your service and sacrifice and you will always be remembered. I am honored to be the second of what will be many more reflections from your LE brethren thanking you for your service.

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June 20, 2020

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