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Paul Du Planty

On November 9, 1971, Officer Paul Du Planty was walking his beat in the area of State and Wells Streets alongside the Stadium Expressway, when he saw a vehicle that had spun out on a slippery spot of the snow covered expressway and stalled in the middle lane. Officer Du Planty radioed to the Sherriff’s Department about the situation and walked over to assist the stranded motorist and direct traffic. A vehicle driving too fast could not stop for the […] Read More

Charles T. Smith

Police Officers Gerald Hempe and Charles T. Smith were shot and killed about 10:00 p.m. on January 31st, 1973. The two officers were on patrol in their district and called the dispatcher and said they wanted another squad to meet them as soon as possible in the 2300 block of N. Palmer Street. That was the last transmission from the men. As Officers Hempe and Smith were arresting the passenger, the driver got out of the car and began shooting at […] Read More

Gerald Hempe

Police Officers Gerald Hempe and Charles T. Smith were shot and killed about 10:00 p.m. on January 31st, 1973. The two officers were on patrol in their district and called the dispatcher and said they wanted another squad to meet them as soon as possible in the 2300 block of N. Palmer Street. That was the last transmission from the men. As Officers Hempe and Smith were arresting the passenger, the driver got out of the car and began shooting at […] Read More

Ronald Reagan

Off-duty Milwaukee Police Patrolman Ronald Reagan kissed his wife goodbye as she addressed Christmas cards at the kitchen table and headed out to the Bungalow Tap at N. 30th Street and W. Hadley Street on December 13, 1973. While at the bar, one by one, three men came in. One asked to use the telephone. Another sat on an open stool next to a female patron who was next to Reagan. That man pulled out a gun, put it to […] Read More

Robert D. Riley

Police Officer Thomas Matulis, 27, and Police Officer Robert Riley, 28, were gunned down July 10th, 1974, in a struggle with three men in the 2600 block of S. 13th Street. The two men were off-duty that day and after attending a Milwaukee Brewers game at County Stadium that evening, they met Matulis’ brother and some friends at a south side tavern. En route to another tavern the group spotted three men tossing and breaking bottles in the street and causing a […] Read More

Thomas G. Matulis

Police Officer Thomas Matulis, 27, and Police Officer Robert Riley, 28, were gunned down July 10th, 1974, in a struggle with three men in the 2600 block of S. 13th Street. The two men were off-duty that day and after attending a Milwaukee Brewers game at County Stadium that evening, they met Matulis’ brother and some friends at a south side tavern. En route to another tavern the group spotted three men tossing and breaking bottles in the street and causing a […] Read More

Michael Draeger

Patrolman Michael Draeger died on December 28, 1974 from injuries sustained in a automobile crash on November 18, 1974. Patrolman Draeger was responding to a call for assistance from another officer when the police ambulance he was driving collided with a squad car at N. 8th Street and W. Center Street. The gas tank of the ambulance burst into flames when it was struck from the rear by the squad car. Patrolman Draeger was able to free himself from the vehicle, […] Read More

Dennis Obradovich

On August 17, 1975, Patrolman Dennis Obradovich was shot and killed when four suspects robbed Bryants Cocktail Lounge at 1579 S. 9th Street. He was off-duty and at the lounge with a fellow officer and two female companions when the robbers entered and announced a hold-up. O’Bradovich announced himself as a police officer and at least one of the robbers began shooting. He was struck seven times, but managed to return fire and wound one of the assailants. Two of […] Read More

Albert Kohn

Standing on his traffic post at N. Water Street and E. Wisconsin Avenue on October 29, 1975, Officer Albert Kohn heard the description of a Chicago man wanted for armed robbery broadcast on his radio. Officer Kohn spotted the man and arrested him. As Officer Kohn was calling for a patrol wagon to pick up the prisoner, the man broke free and fled. Officer Kohn gave chase. A few blocks later while running up the ramp of a parking garage, […] Read More

Thomas Kiefer

Officer Thomas Kiefer and his partner were responding to a family trouble near N. 1st Street and E. Chambers Street on November 25, 1977. The two officers were on the porch and about to knock on the door when the suspect appeared in the partially opened doorway. The suspect fired once striking Officer Kiefer in the chest. He was taken to County General Hospital where he died of his wound. Officer Kiefer had been with the Milwaukee Police Department for […] Read More