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Police Officer Donald C. Sparks | St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department, Missouri St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department, Missouri

Police Officer

Donald C. Sparks

St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department, Missouri

End of Watch: Monday, March 4, 1963

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 33

Tour: 10 years

Badge # Not available

Cause: Gunfire

Weapon: Gun; Unknown type

Offender: Apprehended

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Officer Sparks was shot and killed after stopping a robbery suspect at Grand and Castleman Streets following a grocery store robbery. The suspect was arrested several hours later by other officers.
Officer Sparks had been with the agency for ten years and was survived by his wife and 9-year-old daughter.

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Don you were a good friend of my father and to all the people that lived on south 14th Street. I can remember when the whole neighborhood sat out in front of there houses and you would swing by and put your lights and siren on and all the kids in the neighborhood would get a big kick out of it. I have a picture of you with my dad and you have a big beautiful smile in the picture. That smile I will never forget. I also remember you picking me up a few times an taking me to your house to play with your daughter Debbie when you and your wife were working on the house and Debbie and I played in the park across the street.
You will always be loved and never forgotten
Laurene Kish {Spengemann}

Laurene Kish (Spengemann)
Family Friend
August 30, 2012

 

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