Type of Officer: Special Officer
Jurisdiction: Santa Fe Railroad
Death Date: 8/29/1906
Added to Memorial: 2007
Circumstances of Death: Gunshot
Oscar G. Bodley, Santa Fe Railway Special Officer, was shot and killed by a freight car robber in the Santa Fe Railway yards in Ottawa during the early morning hours of August 29, 1906. Bodley had been watching the rail yards very closely because of recent boxcar thefts. His assailant, who was apprehended by Special Officer Bodley in the act of robbing the merchandise freight car, escaped the scene only to be apprehended later that same day by the Santa Fe Railway Chief Detective and the Ottawa County Sheriff. Bodley had worked as a Special Officer in the Santa Fe Railway yards for two years and was 47 years old at the time of his death.