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Officer Claude O. Rupe | Metropolitan Police Department, District of Columbia Metropolitan Police Department, District of Columbia


Claude O. Rupe

Metropolitan Police Department, District of Columbia

End of Watch: Sunday, October 14, 1928

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 27

Tour: 5 years

Badge # 783

Cause: Motorcycle crash

Incident Date: 10/13/1928

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Officer Claude Rupe was killed in a motorcycle accident while patrolling Maryland Avenue, SW. His motorcycle slid on wet pavement, throwing him to the ground.

He was transported to Emergency Hospital where he succumbed to his injuries the following day.

Officer Rupe had been with the Metropolitan Police Department for just under five years and was assigned to the Sixth Precinct. He was survived by his wife and infant son. He was buried in Cedar Hill Cemetery.

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Officer Claude O Rupe was my great-grandfather. He died after my grandmother was born and because they called her 'Billie' people thought Officer Rupe was survived by wife and son.

It is an honor to know that my great-grandfather served to protect the nations capital. It also cool to know he was a motorcycle officer.

Thank you all who have honored my great-grandfather by their kind comments and commitment to honor those who have fallen.

Laura Phillips
Great-granddaughter of Officer Claude O Rupe
June 1, 2015


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