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Police Officer Alvin C. Gillem | Oakland Police Department, California Oakland Police Department, California

Police Officer

Alvin C. Gillem

Oakland Police Department, California

End of Watch: Thursday, April 12, 1917

Bio & Incident Details

Age: Not available

Tour: 6 years

Badge # Not available

Cause: Vehicular assault

Weapon: Automobile; Alcohol involved

Offender: Acquitted

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Officer Gillem was killed when he was struck by a drunk driver on San Pablo Avenue. He was standing on the sidewalk when the driver lost control of his vehicle and ran over him. The suspect was apprehended and charged with manslaughter. He was tried and acquitted on July 20, 1917.

Officer Gillem was survived by his wife and three children.

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Every year since 2009 I have made the blue ribbons with the 51 names of the Oakland Police Officers who have died in the line of duty. It is my honor to do this for the fallen officers. The ribbons hang on a tree outside the Warehouse Bar and Grill in Oakland, California for all to see the sacrifice they have made to keep us safe. God bless you all and rest in peace.

A grateful citizen
February 23, 2012

 

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