Police Officer William J. Boka

Photo of Police Officer William J. Boka
End of Watch: Sun, Dec 28th, 1902
Date of Incident: Thu, Dec 25th, 1902
Cause of Death: Struck By Vehicle (Negligence)
Service Time: Not Known
Age: 44


Officer Boka succumbed to injuries received three days earlier, on Christmas Day, when he was run over by a streetcar. He was attempting to board a different streetcar when he slipped an fell onto the track. The following streetcar ran over his leg, mangling it. A passing doctor administered emergency treatment and kept him from bleeding to death. He was transported to a local hospital where his leg was amputated. Despite the efforts of the doctors, Officer Boka succumbed to his injuries.

The operator of the streetcar which struck Officer Boka was charged and convicted of culpable negligence.

Information obtained from the Officer Down Memorial Page.


Saint Louis Metropolitan Police Department Patch
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St. Louis, Missouri 63103
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