Patrolman John Lewis McConnaughey

Patrolman John Lewis McConnaughey

Ligonier Township Police Department, Pennsylvania

End of Watch Wednesday, March 7, 1973

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John Lewis McConnaughey

Patrolman John McConnaughey succumbed to injuries sustained the previous day when he was involved in an automobile accident while pursuing two vehicles that were drag racing on Route 30 at approximately 11:00 pm.

He lost control of his patrol car when it was forced off of the roadway by a vehicle that had pulled in front of him, which caused his patrol car to strike a tree and overturn.

Patrolman McConnaughey was a U.S. Army WWII veteran and had served with the Ligonier Township Police Department as a part-time officer for just over two years. He was survived by his wife and four children.

He is buried at Ligonier Valley Cemetery in Ligonier, Westmoreland County, Pennsylvania.


  • Age 45
  • Tour 2 years, 3 months
  • Badge Not available
  • Military Veteran

Incident Details

  • Cause Vehicle pursuit
  • Incident Date Tuesday, March 6, 1973
  • Weapon Automobile
  • Offender Not available

vehicle crash, vehicle pursuit

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Patrolman McConnoughey,
On today, the 50th anniversary of your death I would just like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice-not just for your Community but for our Country as well when you served with the U.S. Army during World War II. And to your Family and loved ones, I wish to extend my deepest sympathy.


United States Border Patrol

March 7, 2023

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