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Officer Frank Sparks | Bakersfield Police Department, California Bakersfield Police Department, California


Frank Sparks

Bakersfield Police Department, California

End of Watch: Sunday, June 17, 1917

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 36

Tour: 1 month

Badge # Not available

Cause: Struck by streetcar

Incident Date: 6/16/1917

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Officer Frank Sparks was killed when his police motorcycle collided with a streetcar while he was pursuing a speeding motorist.

He was attempting to get the driver's attention when he struck the streetcar head-on on Chester Avenue, near 26th Street.

Officer Sparks had served with the Bakersfield Police Department for only six weeks. He was survived by his wife and three children. He is buried in Union Cemetery in Bakersfield, California.

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One hundred years ago today, Officer Sparks gave his life in pursuit of his duties. Thank you, sir, and may you always be remembered by your descendants.

Stan Jefferson
Citizen of Arizona, formerly of Shafter CA
June 17, 2017


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