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Patrolman Frank Ford

Rochester Police Department, New York

End of Watch Wednesday, May 29, 1912

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Reflections for Patrolman Frank Ford

Patrolman Ford,
On today, the 110th anniversary of your death I would just like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice for the citizens of Rochester. And to your Family and loved ones, I wish to extend my deepest sympathy.


United States Border Patrol

May 29, 2022

RPD honors patrolman killed in the line of duty on 110th anniversary

Posted on Rochester First 5/29/22

ROCHESTER, N.Y. (WROC) – Rochester Police Motorcycle Patrolman Frank Ford was shot while apprehending a gunman on North Street on May 18, 1912.

Ford succumbed to his injuries eleven days later. The RPD said Ford was responding to a shooting and when he entered the home on North Street, he was shot by the suspect.

“Special Officer Ezra Kaufman hurried to the house, by taxi cab, and valiantly rescued Patrolman
Ford from the house,” the RPD said. “Patrolman Braman arrived and was shot in the arm.”

Braman was able to overpower the suspect and take him into custody.

Ford was taken to St. Mary’s Hospital, where he succumbed to his injuries on May 29, 1912.

The RPD identified the suspect as ***. He was convicted of Ford’s murder and executed at Auburn Prison on December 10, 1913.

Ford was buried at Mt. Hope Cemetery on May 31, 1912, and his name appears on Panel 16, W-15 on the National Law Enforcement Memorial located in Washington, D.C.

Retired Police Officer

May 29, 2022

Frank Ford’s widow lived on Albemarke Street. I delivered her the morning newspaper when I was in high school. I also mowed her lawn during the summer. In those days, we had to collect for the paper each week. I always saved her for last because we would sit and talk for a long time. It was usually about an hour. She told me all sorts of stories including the loss of her husband Frank. As I recall, they were almost newlyweds and he built the house they lived in. She lived there until the day she died. I graduated from high school in 1964 and she died shortly after that. I’ve always looked back on those visits fondly.

Charlie Dean
Newsboy 1960-1964

October 26, 2021

Frank Ford is my great granduncle; brother to my great grandfather. Their father, Charles, was a Civil War veteran. Their mother, Adeline, took the news of Franks’s death very hard, I remember hearing as a child. Our family still hangs Uncle Frank’s picture on our wall, along with a circa 1890 photo of him with the entire family at that time. Had he survived his wounds, Uncle Frank likely would have joined his brothers in military service when the US entered into WWI.
Thank you for the comments; it was nice to come across this site and see his memory honored. He will not be forgotten.

Gregory Ford
Great grandnephew

June 25, 2018

Time may have passed but you are not forgotten. I believe as long as someone remembers you or speaks your name, you are still with us.
Thank you for your heroism.
GOD Bless

Detention Officer A.Zambito

May 29, 2015

"Blessed are the peacemakers: for they shall be called the children of God."
Matthew 5:9

Marshal Chris Di Gerolamo
Federal Air Marshal Service

September 4, 2014

To fully appreciate the heroes of the present, we must recognize our heroes of the past. Your heroism and service is honored today, the 100th anniversary of your death. 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 Loya
Mom of fallen California Officer Larry Lasater, Pittsburg PD, eow 4/24/05

May 29, 2012

I said a little prayer today for Patrolman Ford and his family. He may be gone but never forgotten. He will always be a New York HERO.

Robyn Wilkes

May 26, 2009

Patrolman Ford,
On today, the 96th anniversary of your murder, I would just like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice for the citizens of Rochester. It took another year, but your murderer finally got the justice that he deserved.



May 29, 2008

Officer Ford

As a citizen of Rochester, I thank you for your work at keeping Rochester safe.

Ellen Guerdat
VP WNY Concerns of Police Survivors

Ellen Guerdat

May 29, 2007

My biggest sympathy goes out to Det. Woodhead and to all slain law enforcement officers in the nation. My brother is a officer in the RPD and i think about him and the job he's doing everyday. It takes the biggest heart to put your life at risk for those who you do not know. God bless

brother of a RPD officer

May 23, 2007

Patrolman Ford,

You died doing your job. You are a true AMERICAN HERO...... Thank you for your service to the citizens of Rochester, New York...... You are not FORGOTTEN!

Senior Officer D.W.Reichhardt
Virginia State University Police Department

May 29, 2006

Thank you Officer Ford for your service to the people of Rochester, You are a true HERO.


November 10, 2004

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