Police Officer
Orren M. Shelmadine
Elkhart Police Department
Monday, February 9, 1920

Age: 54
Served: 10 years, 1 month
Badge #:
Panel 3E, Line 23
Panel L18, Line 10

Incident Details

Cause of Death:
Struck by train
Date/Time of Incident:
Monday, February 9, 1920
10:55 am
Incident to Death Duration:
Same day
Incident Location:
New York Central Railroad crossing at Main Street, Elkhart
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Incident Township:
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Suspect Disposition:
Burial Place:
Mishawaka City Cemetery, Mishawaka

   Officer Orren Shelmadine was struck and killed by a passenger train while walking north across the tracks at the Main Street crossing.

   Witnesses testified that Officer Shelmadine did not hear the westbound train approaching the station due to the noise from a passing eastbound freight train. He was unable to clear the crossing in time and was dragged approximately 300 feet.

   Officer Shelmadine was survived by his wife, three daughters, sister and two brothers.

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