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Frank Piszczek

Roundsman Frank Piszczek’s murder on June 22, 1884 is the first recorded death of a Milwaukee Police Officer. In the early morning hours of Saturday, June 21st, 1884, Roundsman Piszczek, was questioning a man across the street from the Union Depot at what is now S. 2nd Street and W. Seeboth Street.  Roundsman Piszczek was not satisfied with the answers and arrested him on suspicion of being a crook. As they walked toward the South Side station, at what is now S. […] Read More

John Kassow

Officer John Kassow was killed on September 30, 1899. He was beaten to death with his own baton after being called to a residence near S. 25th Street and W. Orchard Street for a family trouble.  He was the second officer of the Milwaukee Police Department to be killed in the line of duty. Officer Kassow was born on August 2nd, 1864, and was appointed to the Milwaukee Police Department on March 1st, 1890. He left behind a pregnant wife […] Read More

Ernest Johnson

On September 15, 1904, Patrolman Ernest Johnson was killed between two railcars at the Northwestern train yards while in search of vagrants. According to a newspaper account, Patrolman Johnson and his partner were in the yard watching for “vags and tramps” stealing rides on trains or sleeping in freight cars. It is believed that Patrolman Johnson crept between boxcars to watch an outbound train when he was crushed. Patrolman  Johnson was 35-years-old and had served with the Milwaukee Police Department […] Read More

Otto H. Flieth

Patrolman Otto Flieth died on December 17, 1908, of injuries sustained in a crash with a streetcar eight days earlier. Patrolman Flieth and three other officers were traveling in a horse-drawn police ambulance en route to aid a man who had fallen off a roof. As they approached the intersection of N. 12th Street and W. Galena Street, the driver saw the streetcar approaching from the south at full speed. He tried to turn the corner but the wagon swerved […] Read More

Peter Gauer

It was reported as one of the worst storms ever to hit Milwaukee and it ultimately claimed the life of a Milwaukee Police Officer.  While trying to protect the lives of others by hoisting a broken electric wire up into a tree, Patrolman Peter Gauer, aged 27, was killed at 3:30 a.m. on July 3rd, 1909 on E. Ivanhoe Place, between N. Summit Avenue and N. Lake Drive. Patrolman Gauer’s death was the result of a storm, which blew down […] Read More

Charles W. Gudgell

Traffic Officer Charles W. Gudgell was killed in the line of duty on August 22, 1916. Officer Gudgell was run down by an automobile at N. 8th Street and W. Grand Avenue (now known as Wisconsin Avenue) around 10:45 on August 22, 1916. He was pronounced dead at Emergency Hospital 25 minutes later having suffered from several broken ribs and a crushed chest. The out of town driver was unfamiliar with the rules of the road in Milwaukee, which may […] Read More

Paul Weiler

Prior to the September 11, 2001 terrorist attack, the single deadliest event in national law enforcement history occurred in Milwaukee on November 24, 1917, when nine officers and two citizens were killed in a bomb blast. The bomb exploded inside the assembly of the Central Police Station at Broadway and Oneida Street, now known as Wells Street. Police were not the intended target. The 20-pound bomb was discovered in a passageway between the Italian Evangelical Church located at 355 North […] Read More

Al Templin

Prior to the September 11, 2001 terrorist attack, the single deadliest event in national law enforcement history occurred in Milwaukee on November 24, 1917, when nine officers and two citizens were killed in a bomb blast. The bomb exploded inside the assembly of the Central Police Station at Broadway and Oneida Street, now known as Wells Street. Police were not the intended target. The 20-pound bomb was discovered in a passageway between the Italian Evangelical Church located at 355 North […] Read More

Stephen Stecker

Prior to the September 11, 2001 terrorist attack, the single deadliest event in national law enforcement history occurred in Milwaukee on November 24, 1917, when nine officers and two citizens were killed in a bomb blast. The bomb exploded inside the assembly of the Central Police Station at Broadway and Oneida Street, now known as Wells Street. Police were not the intended target. The 20-pound bomb was discovered in a passageway between the Italian Evangelical Church located at 355 North […] Read More

Edward Spindler

Prior to the September 11, 2001 terrorist attack, the single deadliest event in national law enforcement history occurred in Milwaukee on November 24, 1917, when nine officers and two citizens were killed in a bomb blast. The bomb exploded inside the assembly of the Central Police Station at Broadway and Oneida Street, now known as Wells Street. Police were not the intended target. The 20-pound bomb was discovered in a passageway between the Italian Evangelical Church located at 355 North […] Read More