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Line of duty deaths 1930s

EUGENE W. PERRY - End of Watch: September 12, 1930
Eugene Perry

Commission Date: January 10, 1922
Rank: Patrol Officer

On September 12, 1930, at about 10:45 AM, Seattle Police Officer Eugene W. Perry was shot in the line of duty. Officer Perry was assigned to guard a courier who was in possession of a large amount of cash. They were going to the Central Terminal Station at 8th Avenue and Stewart Street. When Officer Perry and the courier arrived, a man with a rifle appeared. The suspect ordered the officer to surrender. When Officer Perry reached for his service weapon, the suspect shot him twice. The gunman fled the scene. Officer Perry was taken to the hospital by a passerby. Officer Eugene W. Perry died on September 21, 1930. He was survived by his wife Lillian and his son, Ted.


WALTER G. COTTLE - End of Watch: September 29, 1930
Walter Cottle

Commission Date: January 5,1921
Rank: Patrol Officer

On September 27, 1930, around 9:45 PM, Seattle Police Officer Walter G. Cottle was shot in the line of duty. Officer Cottle was walking his beat and noticed a suspicious person at 12th Avenue and East Alder Street. He stopped the man and asked him if he lived in the neighborhood. The suspect produced a handgun and shot Officer Cottle twice, once in the jaw and once in the hip. The suspect ran from the scene. Officer Walter G. Cottle was taken to Virginia Mason Hospital where he died around 10:00 p.m. on September 29, 1930. He was survived by his two daughters, Harriett and Jean.


HAROLD E.S. WILLIAMS - End of Watch: August 2, 1931
Harold E.S. Williams

Commission Date: September 1, 1926
Rank: Patrol Officer

On August 2, 1931, at about 3:00 AM, Seattle Police Officer Harold E.S. Williams was shot and killed in the line of duty.  Officer Williams was off-duty and visiting some friends in a room at the Manzanita Hotel, 1607 1st Avenue. Two men, one with a gun, knocked on the door of the room. An argument erupted into a gun battle. During the exchange of shots, the officer's weapon jammed. The suspect continued shooting, and a bullet struck Officer Williams. Seven people at the hotel were arrested. Officer Harold E.S. Williams died around 4:30 p.m. He was survived by his wife Sophie and his daughter Harriette. Two men were charged with the officer’s murder, but the charges were dropped.


RALPH H. AHNER- End of Watch: September 13, 1932
Ralph Ahner

Commission Date: October 14, 1930
Rank: Motorcycle Officer

On September 9, 1932, during the night time hours, Seattle Police Officer Ralph H. Ahner was injured in the line of duty. Officer Ahner was assigned to the traffic division. While he was pursuing a traffic violator, his motorcycle collided with an automobile at 4th Avenue South and South Horton Street. Officer Ralph H. Ahner was taken to the hospital. Officer Ahner died at 1:00 a.m. on September 13, 1932. He was survived by his wife Florence, a stepson, and siblings including Seattle Police Officer Ted Ahner.


ELLSWORTH W. CORDES - End of Watch: Died: December 31, 1932
Ellsworth Cordes

Commission Date: January 1, 1931
Rank: Motorcycle Officer

On December 31, 1932, during the afternoon hours, Seattle Police Motorcycle Officer Ellsworth W. Cordes died in the line of duty. Officer Cordes was assigned to the traffic division. He was operating his police motorcycle on 1st Avenue South when he collided with a streetcar at South Horton Street. The officer was thrown sixty feet from his motorcycle. Officer Ellsworth W. Cordes died at the scene. He was survived by his wife Lena and two year old daughter Phyllis.

Coincidentally, this accident occurred only three blocks from another police motorcycle fatality, that one involving Officer Cordes' partner, Ralph Ahner, who was killed three and a half months earlier.


OLOF F. WILSON - End of Watch: March 31, 1935
Olof Wilson

Commission Date: July 22, 1925
Rank: Patrol Officer

On March 31, 1935, at 10:06 PM, Seattle Police Officer Olof F. Wilson was killed in the line of duty. He was working in a patrol car. He had just used a call box at 15th Avenue West and Dravus St. As he was crossing 15th Avenue W. to return to his patrol car, he was struck by a speeding automobile which was driven by a drunk driver. The impact hurled him 129 feet. The suspect fled, but was arrested a short distance away. Officer Olof F. Wilson died at the scene from massive injuries. He was survived by his wife Oka, son Albert, and daughter Fayetta.


TRENT A. SICKLES - End of Watch: November 26, 1935
Trent Sickles

Commission Date: November 23, 1930
Rank: Patrol Officer

On November 26, 1935, at 4:55 AM, Seattle Police Officer Trent A. Sickles was shot and killed in the line of duty. Officer Sickles and his partner, Officer Theodore E. Stevens, were working the north end of Seattle when they received a report of a burglary in progress at a tavern at 8904 Roosevelt Way Northeast. At that time, the north city limits extended only to 85th St. The officers responded to back Sheriff's Deputies, but were the first to arrive on scene. Officer Sickles went to the front door as Officer Stevens covered the rear of the tavern. Stevens joined his partner after finding the back door padlocked. The front door had been pried open. Both officers entered the tavern. Almost immediately, Officer Sickles was shot twice and died instantly. Officer Stevens was shot in the abdomen but was able to return fire. He died in the hospital at 9:15 a.m. on September 27, 1935.


THEODORE E. STEVENS - End of Watch: November 27, 1935
Theodore Stevens

Commission Date: January 1, 1929
Rank: Patrol Officer

On November 26, 1935, at 4:55 AM, Seattle Police Officer Theodore Stevens was shot in the line of duty. Officer Stevens and his partner, Officer Trent Sickles, were working the north end of Seattle when they received a report of a burglary in progress at a tavern at 8904 Roosevelt Way Northeast. At that time, the north city limits extended only to 85th St. The officers responded to back Sheriff's Deputies, but were the first to arrive on scene. Officer Sickles went to the front door as Officer Stevens covered the rear of the tavern. Stevens joined his partner after finding the back door padlocked. The front door had been pried open. Both officers entered the tavern. Almost immediately, Officer Sickles was shot twice and died instantly. Officer Stevens was shot in the abdomen but was able to return fire. He died in the hospital at 9:15 a.m. on September 27, 1935.


CON B. ANDERSON - End of Watch: September 27, 1936
Con B. Anderson

Commission Date: December 2, 1929
Rank: Patrol Officer

On September 27, 1936, at about 9:10 AM, Seattle Police Officer Con B. Anderson died in the line of duty. Officer Anderson was at the Ballard Police Station conducting routine business when his revolver accidentally discharged after striking the floor. The bullet struck Officer Anderson in the neck and he was rushed to Ballard General Hospital. Officer Con B. Anderson died at 9:30 AM. He was survived by his wife Alice, a daughter Doris, a son Raymond, and siblings including Seattle Police Officer Reiff Anderson.


 
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