Federal Prohibition Agent John Nicola

Federal Prohibition Agent John Nicola

United States Department of the Treasury - Internal Revenue Service - Bureau of Prohibition, U.S. Government

End of Watch Thursday, October 4, 1928

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John Nicola

Federal Prohibition Agent John Nicola was killed in an automobile accident near Baltimore, Maryland, while he and two other prohibition agents pursued a vehicle they suspected of transporting liquor. The vehicle they were chasing down Ridge Road suddenly turned onto Selma Avenue. Agent Nicola attempted to follow them but lost control of the vehicle and crashed. The two other agents and a prisoner they had in their custody were injured in the crash.

Agent Nicola had served as a prohibition officer for two years and had previously served on the Metropolitan Police Department, DC, for five years. He was survived by his wife and 2-year-old daughter.


  • Age Not available
  • Tour 7 years
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Vehicle pursuit
  • Location Maryland
  • Weapon Automobile
  • Offender Not available

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To fully appreciate the heroes of the present, we must recognize our heroes of the past. Your heroism and service is honored today, the 85th anniversary year of your death. I am privileged to leave a tribute to you. Your memory lives and you continue to inspire. Thank you for your service. My cherished son Larry Lasater was a fellow police officer who was murdered in the line of duty on April 24, 2005 while serving as a Pittsburg, CA police officer.

Time never diminishes respect. Your memory will always be honored and revered. Rest In Peace.

Phyllis Lasater Loya
mom of fallen Pittsburg (CA) officer Larry Lasater

September 12, 2013

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