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
  • Military Veteran

Incident Details

  • Cause Explosion
  • Location Pennsylvania

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Patrolman Shemela,
On today, the 80th anniversary of your death I would just like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice-not just as a Law Enforcement Officer but for our Country as well when you served with the U.S. Armed Forces-especially during World War II. And to your Family and loved ones, I wish to extend my deepest sympathy.

BPA Mike Casey
United States Border Patrol(Retired)

April 18, 2024

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