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 Pittsburgh Bureau of Police 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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Lt. Lavery,
On today, the 75th anniversary of your death I would just like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice for the citizens of Pittsburgh. And to your Family and loved ones, I wish to extend my deepest sympathy.


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