Retired Seattle Police Officers Association
 

Officer Theodore Stevens - 11/27/1935:  Charles S. Maskell lived at 8815 E. Roosevelt Way. On Tuesday morning, November 26, 1935, some strange noises awakened him and his wife. He looked out his window and saw a male lurking in the shadows in front of the Elk Tavern at 8904 E. Roosevelt Way. He could see the tail light of an automobile parked around the corner. At 4:50 a.m. he called the Seattle Police. SPD called the King County Sheriff. At that time, and until 1954, Seattle’s north city limit was 85th Street. Seattle police officers and King County deputies were both dispatched to the call as a burglary in progress.

Seattle police officer Trent A. Sickles, 31, and his partner, Officer Theodore E. Stevens, 35, responded to the call. A second patrol car was dispatched from the Wallingford Precinct. Sickles and Stevens arrived within a few minutes. Sickles went to the front of the tavern while Stevens checked the back. Finding the back door padlocked, Stevens joined his partner in front. They found the front door pried open. They stepped inside. Mr. Maskell then heard several gunshots.

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Officer Trent Sickles - 11/26/1935:  Charles S. Maskell lived at 8815 E. Roosevelt Way. On Tuesday morning, November 26, 1935, some strange noises awakened him and his wife. He looked out his window and saw a male lurking in the shadows in front of the Elk Tavern at 8904 E. Roosevelt Way. He could see the tail light of an automobile parked around the corner. At 4:50 a.m. he called the Seattle Police. SPD called the King County Sheriff. At that time, and until 1954, Seattle’s north city limit was 85th Street. Seattle police officers and King County deputies were both dispatched to the call as a burglary in progress.

Seattle police officer Trent A. Sickles, 31, and his partner, Officer Theodore E. Stevens, 35, responded to the call. A second patrol car was dispatched from the Wallingford Precinct. Sickles and Stevens arrived within a few minutes. Sickles went to the front of the tavern while Stevens checked the back. Finding the back door padlocked, Stevens joined his partner in front. They found the front door pried open. They stepped inside. Mr. Maskell then heard several gunshots.

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Officer Olaf Wilson - 3/31/1935: On the evening of March 31, 1935, Officer Olaf Wilson, 36, was working in a patrol car with his partner, Officer Joseph A. Edwards. The pair worked out of the Ballard Precinct which was located at Ballard Ave. and 22 Ave. NW. The building is no longer there, but there is currently a bell tower and a small park. Before Seattle annexed Ballard in 1907, the building served as the Ballard City Hall and police station.

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Officer Ellsworth Cordes - 12/31/1932:  On 12-31-1932 in the late afternoon or early evening hours, Officer Ellsworth W. Cordes, 35, was on-duty, in uniform, and operating his police motorcycle. His motorcycle collided with a city streetcar at the intersection of 1 Ave. S. and S. Horton. St. Officer Cordes was thrown 60 feet, and died at the scene. Officer Cordes, and presumably the rest of his motorcycle squad, had been issued an order by a superior officer to rest for a few hours before returning to duty for New Year’s Eve activities. The initial newspaper account of his death stated he was off-duty. The Seattle Police Department released an official statement that Officer Cordes was on-duty at the time of his death, and that he was in the process of obeying an order to rest for a few hours before returning to duty. Officer Cordes lived in West Seattle, and was heading home to rest. But for the order which was issued, it is unlikely Officer Cordes would have been at that intersection at that time.

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Officer Ralph Ahner - 9/9/1932: During the hours of darkness on September 9, 1932, Mr. C. R. Marquardt was driving his automobile southbound on 4th Avenue S. Marquardt stated he slowed to make a turn at S. Horton St., and that he had signaled a left turn with his arm. As Marquardt started to turn, an SPD motorcycle, driven by Officer Ralph H. Ahner, 32, crashed into the driver’s side of his car. Officer Ahner had also been southbound on 4th Avenue S. The officer was taken to Virginia Mason Hospital with multiple fractures including a skull fracture.

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