Police Officer Joe Edward Kerley

Police Officer Joe Edward Kerley

Turlock Police Department, California

End of Watch Tuesday, November 1, 1949

Joe Edward Kerley

Officer Kerley and Officer Glenn Winans were instantly killed when their patrol car struck a train in dense fog. Officer George Bredenberg succumbed to his injuries three days later. The three officers were responding to a prowler car when the accident occurred. The impact was so great that the refrigerated car that they struck was derailed. Officer Winans and Officer Kerley were in the front seats and Officer Bredenberg was in the rear seat. The accident occurred at midnight during the shift change and Officer Winans and Officer Kerley were just getting off work and Officer Bredenberg was just reporting to duty.
Officer Kerley was a widower and was survived by his son and two brothers. He had been with the agency for seven years.

Bio

  • Age 61
  • Tour 7 years
  • Badge 11

Incident Details

  • Cause Struck by train

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Rest In Peace Brother. You are not forgotten.

Officer Mike Robinson, (Ret)
Upland Police Dept. CA

November 1, 2017

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