Detective William F. Hillen

Detective William F. Hillen

New York Central Railroad Police Department, Railroad Police

End of Watch Friday, February 24, 1922

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William F. Hillen

Detective William Hillen succumbed to head injuries sustained on February 20th, 1922, when he fell from a freight train the railyards at Niagara Falls, New York.

He suffered a fractured skull as a result of the fall. He was taken to the Homeopathic Hospital, in Buffalo, where he died on February 24th, 1922.

Detective Hillen was a U.S. Army veteran of WWI.


  • Age 25
  • Tour Not available
  • Badge Not available
  • Military Veteran

Incident Details

  • Cause Fall
  • Location New York
  • Incident Date Monday, February 20, 1922

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Detective Hillen, thank you for your service in helping to protect one of the greatest assets of the United States, it's railroads. As the son of a man who started his long police career with the New York Central, I truly appreciate the work you do. Though not RR Police, my Uncle, Grandfather, and Great Grandfather all worked for the Railroad. It's significance has been somewhat diminished in the past decades, but it's still, thankfully, a huge part of our economy.

God Bless, Brother and may you forever Rest in Peace.

Detective, I also wish to thank you for your service in the Great War. You truly are a hero.

Ptl. Jim Leahy, Jr.
Harvard University Police Department

November 16, 2019

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