Railroad Detective William J. Sullivan

Railroad Detective William J. Sullivan

Buffalo, Rochester and Pittsburgh Railroad Police, Railroad Police

End of Watch Monday, October 11, 1926

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William J. Sullivan

Railroad Detective William Sullivan was struck and killed by a switch engine in the railroad yards near the Canal Street crossing in Rochester, New York.

He had just stepped out of a small building and started across the tracks when he noticed the switch engine shunting a freight car. He attempted to jump off the tracks but was struck and suffered severe injuries. He was transported to a local hospital where he died one hour later.

Detective Sullivan was a WWI veteran and had twice been wounded in battle. He was survived by his wife and two children.


  • Age 35
  • Tour Not available
  • Badge Not available
  • Military Veteran

Incident Details

  • Cause Struck by train
  • Location New York

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As your service and sacrifice were just recently discovered and as we properly memorialize that sacrifice and honor you, I’m honored to be the second of what I am sure will be numerous others to leave a reflection. Thank you for your service and know that your sacrifice will never be forgotten.

Detective Cpl/3 Steven Rizzo (Retired)
Delaware State Police

June 20, 2020

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