Special Officer Samuel H. Boyer

Special Officer Samuel H. Boyer

Southern Railway Police Department, Railroad Police

End of Watch Friday, January 28, 1910

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Samuel H. Boyer

Special Officer Samuel Boyer was shot and killed in the Royster Yards south of Charleston, South Carolina, when he interrupted several men breaking into a boxcar.

He was patrolling the yards around midnight when he observed the men taking items out of the car that was on a siding. The men attacked him and disarmed him as he approached them. One of the men shot him with his own service revolver before all three fled.

Officer Boyer was taken to a local hospital where he died four days later.

Officer Boyer had served with the Southern Railway Police Department for 10 years and had previously served with the Columbia Police Department.


  • Age 52
  • Tour 10 years
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Location South Carolina
  • Incident Date Monday, January 24, 1910
  • Weapon Officer's handgun
  • Offender Not available

trespasser, larceny

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Officer Boyer, I am glad that your service and subsequent sacrifice have been recognized here. Thank you for helping to protect one of America's greatest assets, it's railroads.

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

Ptl. Jim Leahy, Jr.
Harvard University Police Department

April 2, 2021

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