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Police Officer Charles R. Ernest | Baltimore City Police Department, Maryland Baltimore City Police Department, Maryland

Police Officer

Charles R. Ernest

Baltimore City Police Department, Maryland

End of Watch: Wednesday, January 20, 1965

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 44

Tour: 18 years

Badge # Not available

Military veteran

Cause: Struck by vehicle

Incident Date: 6/13/1964

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Police Officer Charles Ernest succumbed to injuries sustained seven months earlier when he was crushed between two cars while directing traffic at the scene of an accident at the intersection of Pearl Street and Saratoga Street.

His partner was interviewing the drivers involved in the accident as Officer Ernest was directing traffic around the two vehicles. His partner requested that one of the drivers move his vehicle out of the travel lane. As the man attempted to do so, he inadvertently put the car in drive instead of reverse. The car lurched forward and pinned Officer Ernest and a citizen between the two cars. Both men sustained broken hips and other injuries.

Officer Ernest remained at home on sick leave as a result of his injuries for 221 days. A blood clot, which had formed as a result of the injuries, moved to his heart, causing him to go into cardiac arrest. He was transported to a local hospital where he died a short time later.

Officer Ernest was a WWII veteran and had served with the Baltimore Police Department for 18 years. He was survived by his wife and daughter.

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May you continue to rest in peace Officer Ernest. Your family's comments are very heartfelt and moving. I wish your grandkids and great grandkids could have met you.

God Bless you and your family

J. Gantner
Grandson, Son, Brother of NJ P.O.'s and NJSP
January 27, 2013

 

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