Patrolman Joseph B. White

Patrolman Joseph B. White

Watertown Police Department, Massachusetts

End of Watch Thursday, November 9, 1899

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Joseph B. White

Patrolman Joseph White was struck and killed by a streetcar while walking his beat.

He was attempting to cross Galen Street, near Water Street, when he inadvertently stepped from behind one streetcar and into the path of an oncoming streetcar. The impact threw him approximately 30 feet. He was taken to Massachusetts General Hospital where he died at about 10:15 pm.

Patrolman White had served with the Watertown Police Department for five years. He was survived by his wife and three children.


  • Age 48
  • Tour 5 years
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Struck by streetcar

foot patrol

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Patrolman White, though over 122 years have passed, it's good to know your sacrifice is now acknowledged. We honor your life and that sacrifice here and thank you for your service to the Town of Watertown and the Commonwealth as a whole.

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

Ptl. Jim Leahy, Jr.
Harvard University Police Department

February 25, 2021

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