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Sergeant Rupert L. Shepherd | Des Moines Police Department, Iowa Des Moines Police Department, Iowa


Rupert L. Shepherd

Des Moines Police Department, Iowa

End of Watch: Friday, August 1, 1930

Bio & Incident Details

Age: Not available

Tour: 7 years

Badge # 79

Cause: Motorcycle crash

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Sergeant Rupert Shepherd was killed in a motorcycle accident while on routine patrol.

As he rode his motorcycle across the streetcar tracks at 29th Street and University Avenue his tires got caught in the track grooves, throwing him off balance. As he tried to regain control he was thrown into a steel trolley pole. He later succumbed to his injuries.

Sergeant Shepherd had served with the Des Moines Police Department for seven years.

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Rupert was my Grandfather, and I still have his lapel badges from the accident, one of my proudest possessions.

Dick McNally

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July 14, 2016


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