Retired Seattle Police Officers Association
 

Officer Robert Allshaw - 11/11/1968:  Around 8:00 p.m. on November 11, 1968, two masked men with handguns entered the Pinehurst IGA store at 11552 15 Ave. NE. A citizen standing across the street saw them. He called the Seattle Police. After entering the store, one suspect herded several customers and a clerk into a back room. The other suspect forced another clerk to empty the cash drawers. That suspect also took the clerk’s wallet. In all, about $1,100 was taken.

Officer Robert Allshaw, 36, was one of several SPD officers who responded to the robbery in progress call. Bob was a motorcycle officer. His partner was J.J. Hill. Because of the weather that night, they were both working alone in unmarked traffic cars. Bob was the first officer to arrive at the scene.

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Officer John Bartlett - 3/7/1968:  During the evening of March 7, 1968, Seattle Police Motorcycle Officer John E. Bartlett, 37, was working in an unmarked traffic car. Around 9:30 p.m., he stopped a taxi cab for speeding at Aurora N. and N. Motor Place. The traffic car was positioned in the normal manner to afford the officer protection from oncoming traffic. While Officer Bartlett was standing by the taxi, a northbound pickup truck passed the police car, and then swerved towards the officer. The truck’s outside mirror hit the officer, pushing him against the cab and throwing him about ten feet. Officer Bartlett was rushed to University Hospital with fractures and internal injuries. A call went out for blood donors. More than 100 Seattle police officers and firefighters answered the call.

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Officer David Richards - 9/1/1967:  On 9-1-1967 around 9:00 a.m., Officer David P. Richards, 28, was on duty and in his tenth and final day of SPD motorcycle training. The Training Officers, Merle Dickhaut and R. J. Thomas were with four SPD motorcycle officer trainees travelling north on Interstate 5. Mr. Vernon Hammond was in his car behind the police motorcycles. As the motorcycles approached the Bothell Way exit, Hammond observed that the rear wheel of Officer Richards’ motorcycle was wobbling badly. The motorcycle went out of control and hit the left guardrail. The motorcycle flipped, and Officer Richards was thrown some distance. Officer Richards was killed instantly.

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Officer James Brizendine 7/21/1955:  The G & R Grocery was once located around the 4100 block of Roosevelt Way. The owner, Vic, always had a pot of Italian food for Seattle’s finest. It was a favorite spot for Seattle officers to take their meal and coffee breaks. Shortly after midnight on July 21, 1955, Officer James C. “Briz” Brizendine, 32, was enjoying some Italian food with his partner, Officer William Lance, and other officers including Officer Emil Drovetto. Shortly after leaving and around 1:00 a.m., Brizendine and Lance were dispatched to a prowler call at 4227 4 Ave. NE. Mrs. Rosanne Seydel had seen a prowler in her back yard.

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Officer Frank Hardy - 3/12/1954(Greenwood Bank Robbery) On Friday, March 12, 1954, around 10:40 a.m., three men entered the lobby of the Seattle First National Bank at 404 N. 85th St. They wore fake noses  and glasses as a disguise. Many bank employees and customers thought it was all a joke until they saw the guns. Suspect #1 took the bank manager to the vault. Suspect #2 stood in the lobby and watched the entrances. Suspect #3 went to the teller cages and started putting money into bags. A bank employee managed to activate the silent alarm. An SPD dispatcher broadcast the bank alarm at 10:51 a.m.

The first three officers to arrive were Sgt. Howard Slessman, Car 252, Officer Vernon Chase, Car 223 and Officer Frank Hardy, Car 213. The main entrance to the bank was on 85th St. There was another entrance at the east end of the bank by the parking lot. The glass in the bank’s windows was a type of one-way glass which made it almost impossible for the officers to see inside. But the suspects inside could easily see what was happening outside.

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