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Police Officer Gordon G. Schneider | Detroit Police Department, Michigan Detroit Police Department, Michigan

Police Officer

Gordon G. Schneider

Detroit Police Department, Michigan

End of Watch: Wednesday, October 10, 1962

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 46

Tour: 17 years

Badge # Not available

Cause: Automobile crash

Incident Date: 10/6/1962

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Officer Gordon Schneider was killed in an automobile accident while on duty.

Officer Schneider was on duty at Griswold and W. Fort when he observed a car illegally parked with the motor running in front of the Penobscot Building on the Fort Street side. He informed the female passenger that the car would have to be moved and was told she would attempt to contact the owner who was in the building. The officer began walking back to his post. At that time the passenger, attempting to leave the car from the driver's side, accidentally jammed the accelerator of the car causing it to careen down the curb lane directly at the officer. Screams from nearby pedestrians alerted the officer to the danger and, seeing an elderly man about to step into the street, Officer Schneider quickly shoved the man back to the safety of the sidewalk as the car struck him. He was hurled onto the hood of the driver-less car which then sped across Fort Street and crashed into a utility pole. Officer Schneider, who was thrown to the pavement, was rushed to Receiving Hospital where he died four days later as the result of severe head and internal injuries.

Officer Schneider served with the Detroit Police Department for 17 years and was survived by his wife and two daughters.

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Your heroism and service is honored today, the 49th anniversary of your death. Your memory lives and you continue to inspire. Thank you for your service. My cherished son Larry Lasater was a fellow police officer murdered in the line of duty on April 24, 2005 while serving as a Pittsburg, CA police officer.

Rest In Peace

Phyllis Loya
mom of fallen officer Larry Lasater
October 10, 2011


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