Corporal Ben F. McEvoy
Pennsylvania State Police
Training School at Mt. Gretna
Ben F. McEvoy was born August 9, 1883, in
Prior to his enlistment with the Constabulary, Corporal McEvoy served with Company K, 4th
Regiment, Pennsylvania National Guard, from April 28, 1903, to June 5, 1910. He enlisted with
the Constabulary on June 6, 1910, one day after concluding his Pennsylvania National Guard
service. He was 5' 5¾" tall. Prior to enlistment, he was a tailor in Lancaster. He was
promoted to Corporal on March 1, 1920, and transferred to the training school at Newville on
August 1, 1921.
While on duty, he stopped his vehicle near Petersburg, Lancaster County, to render assistance
to a stalled motorist, at 9:30 p.m., September 18, 1923. As he was walking along the roadway,
he was struck by an approaching vehicle and seriously injured. He was taken to Lancaster
General Hospital, where he died September 21, 1923.
Corporal McEvoy was buried in Woodward Hill Cemetary, Lancaster, PA. He was survived by his
wife, Mrs. Mary Jane McEvoy of Lancaster, and was survived by two children, Martha and Luther
At 41, Corporal McEvoy had completed 13 years of Constabulary service, and was the
Department's first motor vehicle/pedestrian fatality. At the time of his death, he was
stationed at the training school located at Mt. Gretna.