Chief of Police Wilson H. Lewars

Chief of Police Wilson H. Lewars

Hamburg Borough Police Department, Pennsylvania

End of Watch Saturday, May 12, 1928

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Wilson H. Lewars

Chief Wilson Lewars was shot and killed as he and a constable interrupted several men looting the Paterson Silk Plant.

Pennsylvania State Police later apprehended four of the suspects. All four were convicted of first degree murder and sentenced to life. One died at Eastern Penitentiary on September 9, 1934. On December 1, 1939, a fifth suspect was apprehended in Atlantic City, New Jersey. He was charged with complicity in Chief Lewars' murder.

Chief Lewars had served with the agency for 5 years and was survived by his wife.


  • Age 60
  • Tour 5 years
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Gun; Unknown type
  • Offender Sentenced to life

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No passage of time can ever erase your service and sacrifice. Rest in peace always.

Detective Cpl/3 Steven Rizzo
Delaware State Police (Retired)

May 12, 2021

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