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Private Claude F. Keesey

May 21, 1903 - January 4, 1927

Claude F. Keesey was born May 21, 1903, in York, Pennsylvania. He enlisted with the Constabulary on August 21, 1925, and was assigned to Troop C, Reading and stationed at the Media substation.

On January 4, 1927, at 10:25 p.m., Private Keesey and his passenger, Frank Minetti, 21, of Media, were on their way back from delivering a load of tear gas bombs. Private Keesey was assisting in the capture of John Beard, who had barricaded himself in his house. Private Keesey was traveling on Baltimore Pike after leaving West Chester when his vehicle skidded on the icy roadway and struck a utility pole. He was killed instantly, along with his passenger, Minetti.

Private Keesey is buried in St. Patrick's/St. Mary's Cemetery, York, Pennsylvania. He was survived by his parents Warrington and Lorena Keesey. Keesey, 23, completed one year and five months of Constabulary service.

Private Claude F. Keesey