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Chief of Police Lawrence P. Bass | Boulder Police Department, Colorado Boulder Police Department, Colorado

Chief of Police

Lawrence P. Bass

Boulder Police Department, Colorado

End of Watch: Thursday, March 18, 1920

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Age: 49

Tour: 21 years

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Cause: Automobile crash

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Chief Bass and Undersheriff William Stretcher, of the Boulder County Sheriff's Department, were killed in an automobile accident while responding to a fire. The Buick they were driving was only two days old and was the department's first police car. As they entered the intersection of 19th and Pearl Streets they collided with the city's first fire truck. Chief Bass and a civilian occupant of the police car were killed in the accident. Undersheriff Stretcher, also an occupant of the vehicle, succumbed to his injuries four days later.

Chief Bass was the first Boulder police chief and was the department's first officer to be killed in the line of duty. He had served with the agency for a total of 21 years.

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Undersheriff William Washington Stretcher
Boulder County Sheriff's Office, Colorado
End of Watch: Monday, March 22, 1920
Cause: Automobile crash

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Rest in peace and Olav Hashalom Chief of Police Bass. Your honesty and integrity won't be forgotten.

Rabbi Lewis S. Davis
March 17, 2017


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