Patrolman Frank Ford

Patrolman Frank Ford

Rochester Police Department, New York

End of Watch Wednesday, May 29, 1912

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Frank Ford

Patrolman Ford succumbed to gunshot wounds sustained 11 days earlier after he responded to investigate reports of a woman screaming in a home on North Street. When he arrived at the home he discovered a man attempting to rape the woman. When Patrolman Ford tried to take the man into custody the man grabbed a handgun from a night table and shot him.

The suspect was convicted of Patrolman Ford's murder and executed at Auburn Prison on December 10, 1913.

Patrolman Ford was survived by his wife and niece.


  • Age 36
  • Tour 6 years
  • Badge 37

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Incident Date Saturday, May 18, 1912
  • Weapon Handgun
  • Offender Executed in 1913

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Frank Ford is my great granduncle; brother to my great grandfather. Their father, Charles, was a Civil War veteran. Their mother, Adeline, took the news of Franks’s death very hard, I remember hearing as a child. Our family still hangs Uncle Frank’s picture on our wall, along with a circa 1890 photo of him with the entire family at that time. Had he survived his wounds, Uncle Frank likely would have joined his brothers in military service when the US entered into WWI.
Thank you for the comments; it was nice to come across this site and see his memory honored. He will not be forgotten.

Gregory Ford
Great grandnephew

June 25, 2018

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