Fallen Officers From 1925 – 1949

View our list of fallen officers from the DC Metropolitan Police Department.

Washington DC Police History – DC Police Officer Memorial

The Metropolitan Police Department (MPD) has been serving the District of Columbia for over 150 years. Over the years, the MPD has grown in size. It has also seen a growth in diversity. The department has grown so much over the years.The Washington DC police history goes far back to the 1700s. The DC Police Officer Memorial has a rich history as well. The MPD was officiated in 1802. this is when the original charter for Washington was approved. This is when police authority was centralized and power was granted to the city itself. They established patrols and imposed fines. Until the creation of the Metropolitan Police Department in 1861, the city had only an auxiliary watch with one captain and 15 policemen. Learn more about the DC Police Officer Memorial here.

Fallen Officers From 1925 – 1949

Click on each MPDC officer below (minus symbol to the right of the name) 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. Our DC Police Officer Memorial aims to keep their memory.

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.

Claude C. Koontz - 1925

End of Watch: November 30, 1925
Rank: Officer, Badge No. N/A
Years of Service: N/A
Age: N/A
Location of Death: 1100 Pennsylvania Ave, SW
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Earl A. Skinner - 1926

End of Watch: June 9, 1926
Rank: Officer, Badge No. N/A
Years of Service: 5 years
Age: 38
Location of Death: 21st and L streets, NW
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Leo W. Busch - 1926

End of Watch: September 28, 1926
Rank: Officer, Badge No. N/A
Years of Service: 1 year, 10 months
Age: 28
Location of Death: Grant Circle, NW
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James G Helm - 1928

End of Watch: February 11, 1928
Rank: Officer, Badge No. N/A
Years of Service: 5 years
Age: 43
Location of Death: Bladensburg Road, NE
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Claude O. Rupe - 1928

End of Watch: October 14, 1928
Rank: Officer, Badge No. N/A
Years of Service: 4 years, 11 months
Age: 27
Location of Death: 300 block of Maryland Avenue, SW
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John Francis McAuliffe - 1929

End of Watch: January 21, 1929
Rank: Officer, Badge No. N/A
Years of Service: 1 year
Age: 21
Location of Death:  1213 34th Street, NW
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William Shirley Buchanan - 1929

End of Watch: April 18, 1929
Rank: Officer, Badge No. N/A
Years of Service: 4 years
Age: 24
Location of Death: New Hampshire Avenue and 7th Street, NW
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Harry J. McDonald - 1929

End of Watch: July 22, 1929
Rank: Officer, Badge No. N/A
Years of Service: 7 years
Age:  N/A
Location of Death: 300 block of Maryland Avenue
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Edgar P. Alexander - 1929

End of Watch: November 16, 1929
Rank: Officer, Badge No. N/A
Years of Service: 15
Age: 45
Location of Death: Montgomery County, MD
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Ross H. Kaylor - 1929

End of Watch: December 10, 1929
Rank: Officer, Badge No. N/A
Years of Service: N/A
Age: 62
Location of Death: District of Columbia
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Frederick W. Bauer - 1930

End of Watch: June 6, 1930
Rank: Officer, Badge No. N/A
Years of Service: 7 years
Age: 40
Location of Death: George Washington Hospital
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Frank J. Scoville - 1930

End of Watch: September 24, 1930
Rank: Officer, Badge No. N/A
Years of Service: 9 years
Age: 39
Location of Death: 5th and Q streets, NW
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Jessie L. Taylor - 1931

End of Watch: May 1, 1931
Rank: Officer, Badge No. N/A
Years of Service: N/A
Age: N/A
Location of Death: Thomas Circle, NW
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Arthur H. Gelhar - 1931

End of Watch: August 8, 1931
Rank: Officer, Badge No. N/A
Years of Service: 9 years, 6 months
Age: 38
Location of Death: 3000 Connecticut Ave, NW
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Charles D. Poole - 1931

End of Watch: May 1, 1931
Rank: Officer, Badge No. N/A
Years of Service: 13
Age: 39
Location of Death: Fort Totten Road, NW
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George W. Shinault - 1932

End of Watch: August 14, 1932
Rank: Officer, Badge No. N/A
Years of Service: 6 years, 6 months
Age: 38
Location of Death: 39 P Street, NW
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Elmer A. Swanson - 1932

End of Watch: July 6, 1932
Rank: Officer, Badge No. N/A
Years of Service: 11 months
Age: N/A
Location of Death: 506 First Street, SE
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Raymond V. Sinclair - 1934

End of Watch: December 28, 1934
Rank: Officer, Badge No. N/A
Years of Service: 9
Age: N/A
Location of Death: Bladensburg Road, NW
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Frank L. Nussbaum - 1936

End of Watch: February 16, 1936
Rank: Officer, Badge No. N/A
Years of Service: 37 years, 9 months
Age: 64
Location of Death: George Washington Hospital
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Paul W. Jones - 1936

End of Watch: March 14, 1936
Rank: Detective Sergeant, Badge No. N/A
Years of Service: 25 years
Age: 55
Location of Death: Baltimore-Washington Parkway
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Ernest T. Wessells - 1938

End of Watch: April 23, 1939
Rank: Private, Badge No. N/A
Years of Service: 7
Age: 29
Location of Death: Piney Branch and Butternut Street, NW
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Richard T. Conklin - 1938

End of Watch: June 5, 1938
Rank: Officer, Badge No. N/A
Age: N/A
Years of Service: N/A
Location of Death: Piney Branch and Butternut Street, NW
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Raymond E. Grant - 1939

End of Watch: August 14, 1939
Rank: Officer,  Badge No. N/A
Years of Service: N/A
Age: 29
Location of Death: Loughboro Road, NW
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Robert W. Davis - 1940

End of Watch: January 1, 1940
Rank: Officer, Badge No. N/A
Years of Service: 8
Age: 36
Location of Death: 25th Street, SE
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Charles F. Cummins - 1940

End of Watch: June 12, 1940
Rank: Sergeant, Badge No. N/A
Years of Service: 18
Age: 43
Location of Death: 1700 Rhode Island Avenue, NE
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Uel M. Gaile - 1940

End of Watch: August 19, 1940
Rank: Detective Badge No. N/A
Years of Service: 17
Age: 40
Location of Death: 13th Street and New York Avenue, NW
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Irving Rosenburg - 1942

End of Watch: February 15, 1942
Rank: Auxiliary Officer, Badge No. N/A
Years of Service: 23
Age: 53
Location of Death: 13th and M streets, NW
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Charles R. Johnson - 1943

End of Watch: May 9, 1943
Rank: Detective Badge No. N/A
Age: 24
Years of Service: 16
Location of Death: 617 21st Street, NE
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William J. Weston Jr - 1945

End of Watch: March 4, 1945
Rank: Officer, Badge No. N/A
Age: 27
Years of Service: 2 years, 5 months
Location of Death: 1418 Florida Avenue, NE
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Donald W. Downs - 1946

End of Watch: September 1, 1946
Rank: Officer, Badge No. N/A
Years of Service: 7
Age: 27
Location of Death: 7th Street and Main Avenue, SW
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Harry E. Hamilton - 1946

End of Watch: November 1, 1946
Rank: Detective, Badge No. N/A
Years of Service: N/A
Age: 39
Location of Death: Florida Avenue and G Street, NW
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Richard H. Taylor - 1946

End of Watch: December 13, 1946
Rank: Officer, Badge No. N/A
Age: 47
Years of Service: 22
Location of Death: 924 17th Street, NW
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Hubert W. Estes - 1947

End of Watch: May 16, 1947
Rank: Officer,  Badge No.
Age: 51
Years of Service:
Location of Death:
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Mortimer P. Donoghue - 1948

End of Watch: August 19, 1948
Rank: Officer, Badge No.
Age: 58
Years of Service: 29
Location of Death: 75th and K Streets, NW
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Grady A. Beacham - 1948

End of Watch: December 2, 1948
Rank: Corporal, Badge No. N/A
Age: 40
Years of Service: 17 years
Location of Death: 1601 Montello Avenue, NE
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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)

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