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’s widow lived on Albemarke Street. I delivered her the morning newspaper when I was in high school. I also mowed her lawn during the summer. In those days, we had to collect for the paper each week. I always saved her for last because we would sit and talk for a long time. It was usually about an hour. She told me all sorts of stories including the loss of her husband Frank. As I recall, they were almost newlyweds and he built the house they lived in. She lived there until the day she died. I graduated from high school in 1964 and she died shortly after that. I’ve always looked back on those visits fondly.

Charlie Dean
Newsboy 1960-1964

October 26, 2021

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