William J. CLOSSEY
Rank: Patrolman
End of Watch: June 14, 1913
Tour of Duty: 15 Years
Assignment: (Pearl Street Station)
Age: 45

During the drivers strike of 1913 many patrolmen were assigned to ride in delivery wagons. The officers were in the wagons as a means of offering protection to the drivers.

Ptl. William Clossey had been assigned such duty when the delivery wagon in which he was riding collided with a telegraph pole at Main and Riley Street. Ptl. Clossey was thrown nearly feet. Incredibly, the patrolman's injuries were not thought to be major.

The patrolman spent a week in Sisters Hospital with a fractured knee and cuts to his arms. It appeared Clossey was well on his way to a full recovery. The officer continued his recovery at home. Suddenly, and without any warning, Ptl. William Clossey collapsed and died during the early evening of June 14, 1913.

The officer was survived by his wife Catheryn. At the time of his death the Ogden's had resided at 387 East Uttica Street.

SOURCE: Buffalo Courier - June 15, 1913 Death Certificate: William Clossey