1920 to 1929

HANLEY, VINCENT

KILLED IN THE LINE OF DUTY BY GUNSHOT
End of Watch: November 27, 1921
Appointed: Fairmount park officer

Officer Hanley, was thirty-five years old and lived at 825 Windsor Square, near 21st and Brown Street he was shot twice, shortly at 16th and the Parkway. The slayer was in a stolen motorcar and shot when Officer Hanley asked for his driver’s license. Two youths, Max Burman, of Market Street near 34th., and William Present, of Boston each eighteen, were in the machine when Hastings shot Hanley, who was acting as a traffic policeman.

They were arrested when Hanley was shot. Since his arrest, Hastings maintained a defiant attitude although detectives had wound a strong circumstantial case around him, until he was “stood up” today during the roll call of Detectives in City Hall. Hastings, who is thirty and says his home is in Vermont was placed on a small raised platform facing the lines of detectives. Burman was placed on one side of him and Present on the other. In view of Hastings attitude, the detectives expected nothing from him in the form of an admission.  Therefore, Captain Souder adopted a different attitude in questioning him.

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HARMAN, EMORY L.

DIED IN THE LINE OF DUTY FROM HEART ATTACK
End of Watch: September 30, 1923
Appointed: July 7, 1900

Policeman Harman, lived at 2610 North 31st Streets, dropped dead in the Station House. He was born August 8, 1862.

 

HODGES, WALTER H. #1423

KILLED IN DUTY FROM TRAUMA
End of Watch: May 11, 1920
Appointed: March 8, 1897

Policeman Hodges was on duty at Waterview Recreation Park at Haines Street and McMahon Avenue while Northeast High and Germantown High Schools were playing baseball. Officer Hodges was keeping crowds from the foul lines.

A blow in the stomach caused the death of Walter H. Hodges, six-one, a policeman since and assigned to the 14th District Germantown station. After one of the players hit the ball, he the players over-ran first base, and in doing so bumped into Hodges and knocked him down. The policeman lay unconscious and died about mid-night in the Germantown Hospital that night.

He had suffered with asthma and stomach trouble for years.  He lived at 15 E. Pomona street and leaves a widow and one child.

HOLTRY , EDWARD W. #3018

KILLED IN DUTY FROM AUTO ACCIDENT
End of Watch: January 27, 1921
Appointed: March 25, 1907

On January 17, 1921, Patrolman Edward W. Holtry, fell from the running board of an automobile on which he was riding while returning to the 30th District station house from his tour of duty and died in Episcopal Hospital on January 27, 1921 with a fractured skull.  Patrolman Holtry was forty-seventy year at the time of his death.

JOHNSON, LAWRENCE M. SERGEANT #2844

DIED IN THE LINE OF DUTY SIX YEARS LATER FROM HEAD INJURIES
End of Watch: June 2, 1920
Appointed: February 13, 1907

Police sergeant succumbs to wounds suffered in Riot in 1916. It had been four years ago he was struck in the head with a brick during a riot, that has finally caused the death. Police Sergeant Lawrence M. Johnson, fifty, a Street Sergeant of he 19th and Oxford street police station, died up at Jamison, Buck County, where he had been making his home.  In answering a call to a riot at Alter and Norris Streets on June 30, 1916, Sergeant Johnson was struck by a brick. A hole was made in his skull large enough to hold a doubled fist.  Since then Sergeant Johnson has been incapacitated for duty, but has been carried on the pay roll with full salary.  He was Sergeant July 31, 1908.  He lived at 2710 Ridge Avenue the assailants were never found.

KELLY, EDWARD W. #190 POLICEMAN

DIED IN THE LINE OF DUTY FROM MOTORCYCLE ACCIDENTS
End of Watch: November 16, 1921
Appointed: February 5, 1913

Policeman Edward Kelly, thirty-eight, Motorcycle Squad attached to the 55th and Pine Street station, died at Misericordia Hospital from injuries received from a Motorcycle accident. Riding south on 56th Street when his motorcycle collided with an automobile at Walnut Street. Both his legs were fractured and he massive internal injuries. The motorist, John Clinton, of Washington Avenue near 58th street hurried him to the Misericordia Hospital where he died. Clinton was placed under arrest.  Officer Kelly lived at 250 South 52d street and is survived by his widow and two children.

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KLEMMER, GOTTLOB PATROL OFFICER #2715

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.

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