Lieutenant William J. "Jack" Lavery

Lieutenant William J. "Jack" Lavery

Pittsburgh Bureau of Police, Pennsylvania

End of Watch Tuesday, August 5, 1947

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William J. "Jack" Lavery

Lieutenant William Lavery was electrocuted when he moved a 4,000-volt live wire on Roslyn Place. He had just safely moved the wire but picked it up again in an attempt to show bystanders it was safe. He was electrocuted the second time he picked it up.

Lieutenant Lavery had served with the agency for 37 years. He was survived by his wife, son, two daughters, two brothers, two sisters, and mother.


  • Age 62
  • Tour 37 years
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Electrocuted

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Rest in peace always knowing that your service and sacrifice will never, ever be forgotten by your law enforcement brethren.

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Delaware State Police (Retired)

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