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Chief of Police Louis Vandever | East Bethlehem Township Police Department, Pennsylvania East Bethlehem Township Police Department, Pennsylvania

Chief of Police

Louis Vandever

East Bethlehem Township Police Department, Pennsylvania

End of Watch: Sunday, August 21, 1927

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 55

Tour: 13 years

Badge # Not available

Cause: Vehicle pursuit

Weapon: Automobile

Offender: Not available

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Chief of Police Louis Vandever was killed when his motorcycle was struck head-on as he pursued a vehicle that had just fled after striking a young girl and critically injuring her.

Chief Vandever was attempting to catch the subject on the Frederickstown-Brownsville Road. As he passed a vehicle he collided with an oncoming car head-on.

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Chief Louis Vandever is my great grandfather and I could not more proud of his heroic actions. Much to the dismay of my grandmother I chose a career in law enforcement, or more accurately, it chose me. I can't wait to travel to Washington DC and get to see Chief Louis Vandever on the memorial wall, much deserved and long overdue.

Trooper Caleb Courson
Ohio State Highway Patrol
March 10, 2016

 

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