Fallen Hero Obituary

Law enforcement officer killed in the line of duty in Massachusetts

Operative William Craig Age: 47 years old Tour: 1 year U.S. Secret Service End of Watch: Wednesday, September 3, 1902
Operative William Craig was killed when the carriage he was riding in was struck by a trolley on South Street in Pittsfield, Massachusetts. Operative Craig was on a detail to protect President Theodore Roosevelt when the carriage was struck. President Roosevelt and the Governor of Massachusetts were slightly injured in the accident.

The trolly car driver was convicted of manslaughter and sentenced to six months in jail.

Operative Craig had served with the agency for less then 1 year. He was the first secret service agent to be killed while on a presidential protection detail. He had previously served for 12 years in the British Army and was survived by his wife. He is buried in Oak Woods Cemetery, Chicago, and there is a memorial to him in Pittsfield, Massachusetts which was dedicated in the summer of 2005.

Remembering …

mlemf-logoOver 340 law enforcement officers have lost their lives while protecting the citizens of the Commonwealth. This encompasses state and local police, federal, sheriff and correction officers.

The Massachusetts Law Enforcement Memorial will serve as a permanent reminder of their dedication and ultimate sacrifice.

Our Strength is in their Memories