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Patrolman Kenneth P. Stiverson | Fort Wayne Police Department, Indiana Fort Wayne Police Department, Indiana


Kenneth P. Stiverson

Fort Wayne Police Department, Indiana

End of Watch: Thursday, July 17, 1969

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 36

Tour: 14 years

Badge # 154

Cause: Gunfire

Weapon: Gun; Unknown type

Offender: Shot and killed

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Patrolman Kenneth Stiverson was shot and killed while attempting to negotiate with an escaped mental patient who had hijacked a bus.

He was sitting in the passenger seat of the cruiser and his partner was providing cover during the incident. The suspect opened fire, fatally wounding Patrolman Stiverson in the chest and shooting his partner five times, wounding him. The partner was able to return fire and kill the suspect.

Patrolman Stiverson had served with the Fort Wayne Police Department for 14 years. He was survived by his wife, daughter and five sons.

In memory of his service, Patrolman Stiverson's badge number, 154, was adopted by the Fort Wayne Police Department and Allen County Sheriff's Department as their radio call sign for officer needs assistance.

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My father, Larry, is Kenny's wife's 1st cousin. He is now 78 years old and still gets choked up when he talks about losing Kenny. It takes a lot to move my father to tears, which shows how losses like this never completely heal.

We owe tremendous gratitude to officers who put their lives on the line every day to keep us safe, and to their families who suffer beyond measure when lives are taken in the line of duty.

October 6, 2016


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