Incident DetailsCause of Death:
Special Officer Gerald Sibert was struck and killed by a switch engine in the railroad yards in Fort Wayne.
As he was patrolling the yards, he stepped away from one set of tracks to avoid an oncoming train and stepped into the path of a switch engine on an adjacent track that was backing up.
Special Officer Sibert was survived by a sister, three brothers and parents.
• Special Officer Sibert is the third-youngest known officer killed in the line of duty in Indiana.
The responsibilities of the Pennsylvania Railroad Police Department (1846–1968) are now under the jurisdiction of the Norfolk Southern Railway Police Department.
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This officer, discovered in 2017, has not been submitted for consideration as an eligible line of duty death to the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund by the Norfolk Southern Railway Police Department.