Special Police Officer Frank H. Williams

Special Police Officer Frank H. Williams

New York, New Haven and Hartford Railroad Police Department, Railroad Police

End of Watch Sunday, July 21, 1918

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Frank H. Williams

Special Police Officer Frank Williams was struck and killed by a train in front of the train station in Quincy, Massachusetts.

Several hundred people were waiting at the station for a northbound train to Boston that was scheduled to arrive at 9:10 pm. An express train that was not scheduled to stop at the station had been running late and was approaching the station at speed. Believing the approaching train was slowing to stop at the station, many people started walking onto the tracks in preparation to board it. Officer Williams, knowing it was the express train, started to warn people to get off the tracks. He had just pushed a slow-moving man to safety when he was struck by the Woods Hole express train.

Officer Williams had previously served as a special police officer in Boston. He was survived by his wife.


  • Age 49
  • Tour Not available
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Struck by train
  • Location Massachusetts

foot patrol

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Officer Williams, it has been 105 years since you were taken from us. New England law enforcement has continued to thrive, learn and become safer due to the traditions and sacrifices you, your family, and many others have made for us. Thank you for your service.

Chief (Ret) Steven Marshall
Georges Mills, NH

July 21, 2023

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