Policeman Lewis H. Lare

Policeman Lewis H. Lare

Philadelphia Police Department, Pennsylvania

End of Watch Wednesday, August 21, 1872

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Lewis H. Lare

Policeman Lare succumbed to gunshot wounds sustained 5 days earlier when he was shot at the intersection of Broad Street and Chestnut Street. The suspect was convicted of Policeman Lare's murder and sentenced to 6.5 years in prison.

Policeman Lare was assigned to the 5th District. He is a U.S. Civil War Veteran having served as a private with the Spear's Independent Company, Pennsylvania Militia Infantry, (Philadelphia City Police). He is buried in Machpelah Cemetery, Philadelphia.


  • Age 52
  • Tour 14 years
  • Badge 224

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Incident Date Friday, August 16, 1872
  • Weapon Gun; Unknown type
  • Offender Sentenced to 6.5 years

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You will always be remembered. Thank you for your service, not only in the capacity of a Police officer, but also as a soldier during the Civil War, where I'm sure you experienced horror beyond comprehension. Rest easy sir.

Philadelphia PD

October 14, 2020

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