Fallen Officers 1900 – 1924
Rest easy, sleep well my brother.
Know the blue line has held, your job is done.
Rest easy, sleep well.
Others have taken up where you fell. The blue line has held.
Peace, peace and farewell….
— Author unknown. (“BLUE” added to the original)
Click each MPDC officer below to see newspaper accounts of the circumstances of their passing. Articles include officers killed in the line of duty, some of them Medal of Valor recipients, and are largely from Washington Post newspaper articles. This information has been compiled to bring attention to our rich police history. The legacy of our officers’ heroism, sacrifice, professionalism and dedication should instill a sense of pride in ball who wear the badge. We honor these outstanding individuals who will live on as long as they are remembered. It is our duty to remember.
The Board of Directors for the Metropolitan Washington, DC Police Memorial & Museum would like to express its gratitude to Dave Richardson MPD/Ret. for compiling this research.
Scroll down to the bottom to see “Stories of the Fallen”.
1900 – 1924
|Photo||Name||Date of Death||Rank|
|Raymond C. Leisinger||August 28, 1924||Officer|
|John W. Purcell||October 17, 1923||Officer|
|Frederick G. Stange||February 28, 1923||Officer|
|Edmund P. Keleher||January 10, 1922||Officer|
|George C. Chinn||October 20, 1921||Officer|
|Samuel C. Hayden||February 27, 1921||Officer|
|Preston E. Bradley||February 21, 1921||Officer|
|Oscar A. McKimmie||January 17, 1920||Officer|
|James E. Armstrong||December 20, 1919||Detective|
|Isaac W. Halbfinger||July 22, 1919||Officer|
|Harry Wilson||July 21, 1919||Detective|
|Lester M. Kidwell||July 11, 1918||Officer|
|John A. Conrad||May 21, 1918||Officer|
|David T. Dunigan||May 21, 1918||Lieutenant|
|Willie R. Gawen||March 2, 1915||Officer|
|William C. Farquhar||October 22, 1913||Officer|
|Eugene C. Smith||January 1, 1910||Officer|
|William H. Mathews||March 5, 1909||Captain|
|William E. Yetton||November 9, 1908||Officer|
|John J. Smith||July 7, 1904||Officer|