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Kingston Police Department

End of Watch: February 7, 1919 

Patrolman James M. LawrenceKingston Police Department

Patrolman Lawrence succumbed to a stab wound sustained the previous day while attempting to arrest a drunk man who was creating a disturbance. During the arrest the suspect attempted to flee and Patrolman Lawrence fired a warning shot at him.

When Patrolman Lawrence caught the suspect the man suddenly turned and stabbed him. Patrolman Lawrence died from the wound the following day.

The suspect was convicted of Patrolman Lawrence's murder and executed in the electric chair on July 22, 1920.

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End of Watch: March 9, 1918 

Patrolman John G. BoydKingston Police Department

Patrolman John Boyd succumbed to injuries sustained one week earlier when the trolley he was riding on was struck by a West Shore Railroad train at the Broadway Crossing.

Patrolman Boyd was on duty and was riding in the front platform with the motorman when the trolley and train collided. He was thrown onto the train's cowcatcher. He was taken to Kingston City Hospital where he remained until passing away.

Two other passengers were also killed in the crash.

Patrolman Boyd had served with the Kingston Police Department for 12 years. He was survived by his wife.

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