Patrolman Harry MacLane Crawford

Patrolman Harry MacLane Crawford

Lehigh Valley Railroad Police Department, Railroad Police

End of Watch Friday, March 19, 1965

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Harry MacLane Crawford

Patrolman Harry Crawford suffered a fatal heart attack after arguing with two men who were stealing scrap metal from Pier I in Jersey City, New Jersey.

A massive fire destroyed most of the buildings on the pier on February 25th, 1965, causing over one-million dollars in damage. Patrolman Crawford was patrolling the area when he caught two junk dealers loading their truck with metal pipes from the damaged buildings.

Patrolman Crawford collapsed during the argument and was pronounced dead at the scene.

Both men were charged with disorderly conduct and trespassing on city property.

Patrolman Crawford had served with the Lehigh Valley Railroad Police Department for 36 years. He was survived by his wife, three children, and six grandchildren.


  • Age 71
  • Tour 36 years
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Heart attack
  • Location New Jersey

disorderly, larceny, trespasser

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Ptl. Crawford, today marks the 58th anniversary of your demise. You tried to protect property that did not belong to those who tried to take it and it cost you your life. You are a true hero.

God Bless you and may your eternal rest be ever peaceful, Brother.

Ptl. Jim Leahy, Jr.
Harvard University Police Department

March 19, 2023

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