Police Officer Edgar J. Rumpf

Police Officer Edgar J. Rumpf

Baltimore City Police Department, Maryland

End of Watch Wednesday, February 15, 1978

Edgar J. Rumpf

Officer Rumpf was killed in a structure fire while attempting to rescue residents of an apartment building. He was on patrol when he observed smoke billowing from the building at 1401 hours. He arrived on the scene before any fire apparatus and began to evecuate residents. He saved two young children before re-entering the building. At 1405 hours Officer Rumpf made a distress call stating he was trapped on the third floor. Due to the flames firefighters were unable to rescue him before the floors and ceiling collapsed. His body was recovered the following day.
Officer Rumpf had been with the agency for seven years and was survived by his wife and two sons.


  • Age 33
  • Tour 7 years
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Fire

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I knew Jim a long time. He was a special friend. I was a barmaid and he came to where I worked to check on things we started talking and he became my friend. I knew him long before he got married to his wife Judy. He lived not to far from me in Highlandtown or as some call it East Baltimore. He was a kind caring man. He got married and loved his wife and sons very much. I was heartbroken when I heard about his passing. I was called by his wife Judy and I visited with her when the children were small.

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