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Patrolman Herman H. Bartels | Wheeling Police Department, West Virginia Wheeling Police Department, West Virginia


Herman H. Bartels

Wheeling Police Department, West Virginia

End of Watch: Wednesday, May 3, 1922

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 40

Tour: 2 years

Badge # Not available

Cause: Gunfire

Incident Date: 5/1/1922

Weapon: Handgun; Revolver

Offender: Commuted to life

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Patrolman Bartels succumbed to a gunshot wound sustained two days earlier while arresting a man for being drunk in public. The man had been arrested six times for the same charge the previous month and had vowed to kill the next policeman who arrested him.

As Patrolman Bartels patrolled the Elm Grove business district he observed the man drinking in public. After placing him under arrest he searched the man and confiscated a small revolver. As he walked the man to jail he was suddenly attacked. During the ensuing struggle the man was able to regain control of the revolver and shot Patrolman Bartels in the chest. The man was taken into custody by several citizens who were attending a nearby baseball game.

Patrolman Bartels was transported to North Wheeling Hospital where he died two days later. His killer was sentenced to death for the murder but the sentence was commuted to life in prison by the governor.

Patrolman Bartels had served with the agency for 2 years. He was survived by his wife and four children.

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Your heroism and service is honored today, the 91rst anniversary of your death. Your memory lives and you continue to inspire. Thank you for your service. My cherished son Larry Lasater was a fellow police officer who was murdered in the line of duty on April 24, 2005 while serving as a Pittsburg, CA police officer.

Time never diminishes respect. Your memory will always be honored and revered.

Rest In Peace.

Phyllis Loya
Mom of fallen California Officer Larry Lasater, Pittsburg PD, eow 4/24/05
May 9, 2013


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