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Policewoman Pearl Agnes Lanham | Gary Police Department, Indiana Gary Police Department, Indiana


Pearl Agnes Lanham

Gary Police Department, Indiana

End of Watch: Wednesday, March 12, 1930

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 33

Tour: 2 months

Badge # Not available

Cause: Struck by vehicle

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Policewoman Pearl Lanham was struck and killed by a car after assisting children cross a street near the Glen Park Elementary School at 39th and Broadway.

At 2:30 pm, Policewoman Lanham had just escorted three children across Broadway and was returning for several other children when she was struck by a car traveling southbound. She was dragged some 50 feet before the driver brought his car to a stop, resulting in her suffering a crushed skull and broken limbs, and died before the arrival of an ambulance.

Policewoman Lanham had served with the Gary Police Department for only two months. She was survived by her husband, four young daughters, mother, sister and three brothers.

Policewoman Lanham is the first known female law enforcement officer killed in the line of duty in the state of Indiana. She is buried at Calumet Park Cemetery in Merrivlle, Indiana.

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Policewoman Lanham,
Ma'am, on today, the 85th anniversary of your death I would just like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice for the citizens of Gary.


United States Border Patrol
March 12, 2015


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