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Policeman William O. Steam | Denver Police Department, Colorado Denver Police Department, Colorado

Policeman

William O. Steam

Denver Police Department, Colorado

End of Watch: Friday, February 18, 1921

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 48

Tour: 11 years

Badge # Not available

Cause: Gunfire

Weapon: Handgun

Offender: Sentenced to life

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Policeman William Steam was shot and killed from behind by a man who was angry that the officer had just shut down an illegal dance hall. The man approached Policeman Steam and shot him in the back and back of the head, killing him.

The suspect was convicted of murder and sentenced to life.

Policeman Steam had served with the Denver Police Department for 11 years. He was survived by his wife.

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The Denver Police Museum, the Denver Police Department, the Denver Police Black Officers Association the Denver Police Foundation the Denver Police Retiree Association are looking for any surviving family members or Steam Family friends. Officer Steam is buried in Riverside Cemetery currently he has no headstone. A special ceremony is scheduled for February 2018 to place a headstone honoring Officer Steam. Officer Steam is the first African-American denver Police Officer to die in the line of duty.

Michael Hesse
Denver Police Museum
November 4, 2017

 

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