George Shuman August 26th, 1907
On August 26th, 1907, Officer Shuman was shot to death
while affecting an arrest of a William Handy in the
area of the Reading Railway near Adams St. Several hours
later Handy was arrested. On September 23rd, 1907, he
was sentenced to death for the murder of Officer Shuman
and on February 20th, 1908, he was electrocuted. Officer
Shuman was a member of the South Bethlehem Borough Police
Department. Ten years later the Boroughs of South Bethlehem
and Bethlehem merged to become the City Of Bethlehem.
Charles Lawrence January 6th, 1924
On January 6th, 1924, Officer Lawrence responded to
the scene of a structure fire in the unit block of W.
Broad St. Officer Lawrence had climbed a ladder to assist
in fighting the fire when he fell from the ladder. He
suffered a head injury and died a short time later at
St. Lukes Hospital.
Charles Fenton November 14th, 1927
On November 12th, 1927, Officer Fenton while walking
his patrol beat interrupted a robbery at a “disorderly
house” at 228 Columbia St. and as he was attempting
to arrest several actors he was shot by one of them.
Officer Fenton died from his injuries on November 14th,
1927. Several individuals were later arrested in Cleveland,
Oh. for the murder of Officer Fenton.
Captain Harry Strauss June 3rd, 1932
On June 3rd, 1932, Captain Strauss was directing traffic
on William Penn Highway during a barn fire, when he
was struck and killed by an automobile.
Phillip J. Fahy August 29th, 1969
On August 29th, 1969, Officer Fahy and his partner
Officer Merle Getz were on patrol when they attempted
to stop a vehicle driven by a Bebley Wells. After pursuing
the vehicle to an area off the Williams St. Ext. Wells
exited his vehicle and immediately fired a shotgun at
Officer Fahy mortally wounding him. Officer Getz was
able to return fire striking Wells several times. Wells
was later tried and convicted for the murder of Officer
Fahy and and died serving a life term for 1st degree
murder in the Pennsylvania State Prison System in 2004.
A bridge that spans the Lehigh River was named the Phillip
J. Fahy Memorial Bridge in Officer Fahy’s honor.
Daniel E. Rice April 25th, 1997
On April 25th, 1997, Officer Rice a 26-year veteran
of the force was on patrol when he was involved in a
motor vehicle accident at the intersection of Schoenersville
Rd. and Westgate Dr. Officer Rice died from injuries
that he suffered in the accident. The local chapter
of the Ancient Order Of Hibernians “The Danny
Rice Division” is named in his honor. The City
of Bethlehem also honored him by dedicating a local
park in his name.