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Officer Arthur H. Gelhar | Metropolitan Police Department, District of Columbia Metropolitan Police Department, District of Columbia


Arthur H. Gelhar

Metropolitan Police Department, District of Columbia

End of Watch: Saturday, August 8, 1931

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 38

Tour: 9 years

Badge # Not available

Cause: Automobile crash

Incident Date: 8/7/1931

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Officer Arthur Gelhar succumbed to injuries sustained in an automobile accident on Connecticut Avenue, NW, while responding to a homicide.

He and his partner were responding in an emergency car and were following a motorcycle officer who had lights and sirens activated. A vehicle that yielded to the motorcycle pulled in front of the car at the entrance to the National Zoo, causing a collision. Officer Gelhar sustained major head injuries and died the next day.

Officer Gelhar had served with the Metropolitan Police Department for over nine years. He was survived by his wife and two children.

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May you Rest In Peace my dearest Great Grandfather!! Your daughter, Martha had three children, Sonya & Sandra (twins) and Gerald (Jerry)...my mother is Sonya and she had 4 children Craig (who has passed), Julie (me), Angie, and Arthur ( who was named after you)....you live on in all of us. We love you an miss you always.....Your loving great granddaughter, Julie Ann Walvatne

Julie Ann Walvatne
Great Granddaughter
May 24, 2016


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