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Patrolman Joseph Zannelli | Kansas City Police Department, Missouri Kansas City Police Department, Missouri


Joseph Zannelli

Kansas City Police Department, Missouri

End of Watch: Sunday, May 19, 1901

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 32

Tour: 1 year, 6 months

Badge # 138

Cause: Gunfire (Accidental)

Incident Date: 4/27/1901

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Patrolman Joseph Zannelli accidentally shot himself in the right leg while chasing a man wanted for assaulting a street car conductor near 5th and Holmes on April 27, 1901. A gangrene infection developed as a result of the wound and Officer Zannelli's leg was amputated, but the gangrene spread throughout his body. He died on May 19, 1901.

Patrolman Zannelli had been with the agency for 18 months and was the first Italian-American to serve on the Kansas City Police Department.

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Patrolman Zannelli,
On today, the 115th anniversary of your death I would just like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice for the citizens of Kansas City.


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May 19, 2016


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