Detective
William Blazier
Cleveland, Cincinnati, Chicago and St. Louis Railway Police Department
Sunday, September 3, 1922

Age: 38
Served: 2 years
Badge #:
Not Included
Not Included

Incident Details

Cause of Death:
Assault
Date/Time of Incident:
Saturday, September 2, 1922

Incident to Death Duration:
1 day
Incident Location:
Plum Street railroad crossing, Farmland
Incident County:
Randolph
Incident Township:
Monroe
Weapon Used:
Blunt object
Suspect Disposition:
Never apprehended
Burial Place:
Maplewood Cemetery, Anderson

   Detective William Blazier was attacked while attempting to arrest several men who were trespassing and thrown from a moving passenger train in Farmland.

   He had boarded a westbound passenger train at Ansonia, Ohio, and ordered five men aboard the train to disembark. Three of them obeyed his orders but the remaining two reboarded the train.

   Upon discovering them hiding in the tender car after the only stop in Union City, Detective Blazier was attack and struck over the head. He was robbed of his pistol and then thrown from the train at the Plum Street crossing.

   A resident found Detective Blazier unconscious about an hour later. He was taken to Home Hospital in Muncie where he died the following day.

   Although three males were subsequently questioned and released, the case has never been solved.

   Detective Blazier was survived by his wife, three sons and mother.

The responsibilities of the Cleveland, Cincinnati, Chicago and St. Louis Railway Police Department (1889–1930) are now under the jurisdiction of the CSX Transportation Railroad Police Department.

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This officer, discovered in 2020, has not been submitted for consideration as an eligible line of duty death to the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund by the CSX Transportation Railroad Police Department.

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