Patrolman Peter Shemela

Patrolman Peter Shemela

Pennsylvania Railroad Police Department, Railroad Police

End of Watch Tuesday, April 18, 1944

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Peter Shemela

Patrolman Peter Shemela was killed in Warren, Pennsylvania when a three-inch military artillery shell exploded.

The shell had been found along the railroad tracks two weeks earlier and turned over to Patrolman Shemela. He was attempting to disassemble it inside of a toolshed in the Pennsylvania Railroad yards when it exploded, killing him instantly.

Patrolman Shemela was a U.S. Army veteran of WWII and had served in the U.S. Navy before the war. He had served with the Pennsylvania Railroad Police Department for three months and was survived by his parents, brother, and sister.


  • Age 28
  • Tour 3 months
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Explosion
  • Location Pennsylvania

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To fully pay tribute to the heroes of today, we first need to remember those who came before them and who died in the line of duty for it is those heroes who were the standard bearers. Your heroism and service is honored today, the 75th anniversary year of your death. Your memory lives and you continue to inspire. Thank you for your service. My cherished son Larry Lasater was a fellow police officer murdered in the line of duty on April 24, 2005 while serving as a Pittsburg, CA police officer.

Rest In Peace

Phyllis Loya
Mom of fallen California Officer Larry Lasater, Pittsburg PD, eow 4/24/05

September 6, 2019

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