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Detective Sergeant Edward Schaaf | St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department, Missouri St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department, Missouri

Detective Sergeant

Edward Schaaf

St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department, Missouri

End of Watch: Thursday, September 29, 1927

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Age: 41

Tour: 16 years

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Cause: Structure collapse

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Detective Sergeant Schaaf and Detective Douglas Chamblin were killed when a portion of a building collapsed on them during a tornado. The officers were on patrol when they saw the tornado forming and attempted to take cover. As they were trying to get under the rear of their car the building collapsed crushing both of them. Detective Sergeant was killed at the scene and Detective Chamblin succumbed to his injuries 15 days later.
Detective Sergeant Schaaf had been with the agency for 16 years and was survived by his wife and two children.

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Detective Douglas Chamblin
St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department, Missouri
End of Watch: Friday, October 14, 1927
Cause: Structure collapse

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Roger, Sgt. Ed Schaaf's son Ed was a Police officer in the 50,60's and early 70's in Saint Louis. He was our Neighbor on Carlsbad Drive and he told us of his fathers death during the tornado. Ed was also a Sergeant and passed away around 1974 from cancer.

Officer Gary Hummert,"ret."
Lakeshire, St.Louis County,and City.
May 17, 2015

 

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