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Patrolman Donald Everett DeSues | Roseburg Police Department, Oregon Roseburg Police Department, Oregon

Patrolman

Donald Everett DeSues

Roseburg Police Department, Oregon

End of Watch: Friday, August 7, 1959

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 32

Tour: Not available

Badge # Not available

Cause: Explosion

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Patrolman DeSues was killed when a truck loaded with dynamite exploded. Patrolman DeSues was directing traffic at the corner of Pine street and Oak Street as a fire burned throughout the block. The fire spread to a parked truck that was loaded with 80 boxes of dynamite, causing the truck to explode.

Over 100 people were injured, and 14 people, including Patrolman DeSues, were killed by the blast which leveled an 8-block area of the city. Patrolman DeSues' body was never found.

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I was a young child in Washington State when this explosion occurred, but I remember it well. Thanks to Officer DeSues for his service and sacrifice.

Stan Jefferson
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August 7, 2016

 

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