York City Police Department K-9 Unit.
This is a late 1960s photo of the York City, Pennsylvania Police Department K-9 unit taken at the York Fair grounds. The officers, accompanied by their dogs, are in their training uniforms. The officers are, from left to right: Ron Heist, Earl Frey, Fred Gibson, Steve Gibbs, Charlie Morrow, Bill Farrell, and Nevin Barley.
West York Police Department.
This 1950's era photograph shows three members of the West York Borough, Pennsylvania Police Department and their patrol vehicles, two motorcycles and a Ford patrol car. The officers and their vehicles are on the driveway of the Reliance fire house, then located in the 1400 block of West Market Street in West York Borough.
Officer Ed Myers, Red Lion Police Department.
Pictured in 1924 is Red Lion Police Officer Ed Myers astride his sidecar equipped police Harley Davidson motorcycle. The sidecar was a common accessory for police motorcycles of that era. The officer is carrying a semi-automatic pistol, carried in an open top cross draw style holster. The semi-auto pistol was unusual, as most officers of this era were carrying revolvers.

Patrolman Henry C. Schaad

Patrolman Schaad

York City Police Department
End of Watch: August 1, 1969

Henry C. Schaad was born Nov 11, 1947 in York, Pennsylvania.

It was natural for Henry to enter the police profession, as it had been his father's occupation for nearly 20 years. After successfully completing the entrance exams, Henry was appointed to the York City Police Department on September 17, 1968, his father's twentieth anniversary on the job.

Like many communities during the summer of 1969, York was experiencing civil disorders and turmoil. On July 17, 1969, a 12 year old black youth claimed he had been set afire by several white youths who had attacked him. The story later proved false and concocted by the youth, who had been playing with lighter fluid, and accidentally set himself on fire. However, the youth's story was sufficient to ignite the community anger, culminating in several days of rioting.

Many buildings were set on fire, looting was commonplace, and shots fired calls were the order of the day and night. More than sixty people received gunshot wounds. The police department obtained several armored cars for the "safe" transport of officers, and rescue of innocent civilians from those areas of intense gunfire.

Patrolman Schaad was on duty in one of the armored cars on July 19,1969. At approximately 10:13 PM the armored vehicle came under rifle fire, and several rounds penetrated the vehicle's quarter-inch steel shell, striking Patrolman Schaad in the torso. Patrolman Schaad remained hospitalized until his death August 1, 1969.

The son of a York police detective, he was the first York City police officer killed in the line of duty. Patrolman Schaad was survived by a wife and five-year-old daughter.

In October of 2001, as the result of a Grand Jury investigation, two men were arrested and charged with the murder of Patrolman Schaad. On March 13, 2003, the two men were found guilty of second degree murder and sentenced to prison terms.

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