Incident DetailsCause of Death:
Special Officer Gerald Sibert was struck and killed by a switch engine in the railroad yards in Fort Wayne.
While patrolling the yards, as he stepped away from one sets of tracks to avoid an oncoming train, he 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. He is the third-youngest known law enforcement officer killed in the line of duty in the state of 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 has not been submitted for consideration as an eligible line of duty death by the Norfolk Southern Railway Police Department to the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund.