Retired Seattle Police Officers Association
 

Officer John Clancy - 12/28/1949: On December 24, 1949 around 11:40 p.m., Officer John T. Clancy, Jr. was on duty and operating his police motorcycle on Aurora Ave. at Galer St. It is unknown if Officer Clancy was responding to a dispatched call, returning to his station after handling a call, or patrolling an assigned area of responsibility. SPD motorcycles did not have two-way radios at that time. Officer Clancy’s motorcycle collided with a vehicle driven by Walter H. Neumann. Officer Clancy sustained multiple injuries. He was transported to Harborview County Hospital. He never regained consciousness, and he died at 1:30 a.m. on December 28, 1949.

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Officer Harry Vosper -  7/21/1949:  Around 10:00 a.m. on 7-20-1949, King County Superior Court Judge Howard M. Find refused a request by James Jackson, 55, to rescind his $50 per month support payments to his estranged wife. Jackson was upset about the judge’s decision. He found his wife waiting for a bus in front of the courthouse, and he attacked her. She escaped by running into traffic on 3rd Avenue. Jackson found his wife again around 10:45 p.m. She was sitting on the front porch of a house at 524 23 Avenue with Johnnie Taylor and Taylor’s wife. Jackson drove up in a car, and started shooting with a .45 pistol. Johnnie Taylor was hit three times. Jackson drove away.

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Officer William Rumble - 01/25/1947:  On October 28, 1947 around 4:45 a.m., Officer William Rumble was on-duty and on an assignment as a uniformed investigator assigned to the SPD detective division. He was driving south on 5th Ave., and his police car had entered the intersection at 5th Ave and Pine St. Another vehicle travelling eastbound failed to yield the right of way to the officer. It hit Rumble’s police car. The officer’s car was put into a spin, and he was ejected onto the pavement where he was run over by the wheels of the police car.

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Officer Frederick Hull - 11/15/1945Around 11:30 p.m. on November 15, 1945, Officers Ralph L. Osborn and Charles E. Dean were dispatched to a disturbance call at 1012 E. Jefferson, a tavern. A customer, Eugene Moszee, had thrown a beer in the face of a sailor, harassed a waitress, and brandished a knife. When the officers arrived, Moszee was gone. The officers learned that he might have gone to a service station at 19th Ave. and E. Madison Street. Osborn and Dean arrived at the service station shortly before midnight. The lights were on inside, and Moszee was sitting in the office. The officers told Moszee to open the door. Moszee refused, and he warned the officers to not come inside. Officer Frederick Hull, 49, and his partner, Officer Thomas H. “Maggy” Magnussen, arrived at the service station. The officers spread out. Hull and Osborn remained by the front door. Moszee suddenly pulled a pistol from his pocket and started shooting at Hull and Osborne. Both officers returned fire.

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Officer Com Anderson - 9/27/1936:  During the morning hours of September 27, 1936, Seattle Police Motorcycle Officer Con B. Anderson, 36, was at the Ballard Police Station located at 22 Ave. NW and Ballard Ave. NW. Around 9:10 a.m., Officer Anderson was in the restroom. He had hung his gun belt on a hook on a wall. After washing, he took his gun belt off the hook. His revolver fell out of its holster and hit the floor. The weapon discharged. Police revolvers in those days did not have a hammer block. A single bullet hit Officer Anderson in the right breast. Officers R. A. Thomas and A. S. Evans heard the shot, and found Officer Anderson on the restroom floor. He was rushed to Ballard General Hospital where he died at 9:30 a.m. Officer Anderson was survived by his wife, Alice, and his two children, Doris and Raymond. He was also survived by his parents and siblings including his brother, SPD Officer Reiff Anderson.

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