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New Hero Search Joseph T. Swierczynski - Mar. 20, 1919 (10387)

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Philadelphia Police Dept. PA Patch
Resided: PA, USA
Born: Unk  
Fallen: Mar. 20, 1919
Race/Sex: Caucasian Male / 27 yrs. of age
Agency
Dept: Philadelphia Police Dept. - PA
2201 Belmont Ave  
Philadelphia, PA   19131   USA
(215)560-6200
County: Philadelphia
Dept. Type: Municiple/Police
Hero's Rank: Policeman
Sworn Date: Unk
FBI Class: Homicide - Gun
Weapon Class: Firearm
Agency URL: Click Here
Badge: 265
On The Job: 2 years
Bio: Not Available
Fatal Incident Summary
Offender: No Info
Location: PA   USA   Thu. Mar. 20, 1919
Summary: Officer Joseph Swierczynski was shot and killed while chasing two suspects after hearing shots near 9th Street and Fitzwater Street. He chased the two men to a saloon at 9th and Christian Streets until one of the men suddenly turned and opened fire, killing him.

Officer Swierczynski's body remained on the street for almost 30 minutes until an anonymous woman called the station house to report the incident. Three men were arrested inside the saloon a short time later. One of the suspects was found guilty of first degree murder but acquitted on appeal after purportedly bribing the judge. The suspect was murdered in New York City six months later.

Officer Swierczynski had served with the Philadelphia Police Department for 2 years. He was survived by his wife and two young sons.

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