DIED IN THE LINE OF DUTY FROM GUNSHOT
End of Watch: September 11, 1927
Appointed: March 15, 1905
Pistol wounds nearly nine years old caused the death yesterday of Patrolman Gottlob Klemmer, of 601 Gilham Street. The Five Points section in the northeastern part of the city, had been terrorized by a series of robberies early in 1919. Klemmer, then a plainclothes man, was assigned to special duty at Old Soldiers road and Rising Sun Avenue. On January 14, 1919, he demanded an explanation of a stranger’s presence. The stranger, without a word, fired three shots at him and fled.
Despite his injuries, Klemmer gave chase, firing as he ran. The stranger jumped into an automobile and escaped, but it was believed to have been hit by one of Klemmer’s bullets. The wounded policeman collapsed, weak from loss of blood.
The firing brought other policemen, but no trace was found of Klemmer’s assailant, who was believed to have been one of the gang of thieves sought. Klemmer hovered between life and death at the Frankford Hospital for two weeks, a bullet was taken from his arm, but one at the base of his lungs and another an eighth of an inch from his heart he carried until the day of his death. Surgeons would not risk removing them. After two months Klemmer resumed his duties in the old Twenty-seventh District, Tacony. The wounds many times caused intense pain, and he was often under a physician’s care. After four years Klemmer was transferred to the new station at Rising Sun Avenue and Benner Street. Shortly after his transfer his condition became so much worse that the was obliged to remain at home. He grew steadily worse, and last month it was realized that death was inevitable. The funeral will be held from the home tomorrow and burial will be in Hillside Cemetery.
Klemmer was born in Germany May 17, 1874 and came to this country with his parents when he was 10. He joined the police force at the age of 30 and completed twenty years of service. His widow and two children Carl, 10, and Ruth, 7, survive him.