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Patrolman Elmer L. Michael | DeLand Police Department, Florida DeLand Police Department, Florida

Patrolman

Elmer L. Michael

DeLand Police Department, Florida

End of Watch: Tuesday, February 17, 1942

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 53

Tour: Not available

Badge # Not available

Cause: Assault

Incident Date: 2/16/1942

Weapon: Person

Offender: Not available

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Patrolman Michael suffered a fatal heart attack during a struggle with a suspect. The suspect struck him in the chest, causing an injury to his heart.

He was transported to a local hospital where he died the following day.

Patrolman Michael was survived by his wife.

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Patrolman Michael is my Great-grandmother's father. He moved his family to Florida from West Virginia via the unpaved Blue Ridge Parkway during the Great Depression. The move took a few months because every time it rained, his old Model-T got stuck in the mud. When this happened, they'd camp out for up to several days until the road became passable. He and his son hunted during this voyage to feed the family. The unpaved Blue Ridge Parkway was navigable only by white-washed bear-shaped placards. Once in Florida, his wife sold baked goods and made a name for herself by doing business with "Colored's." Being from West Virginia, they did not understand Segregation. Elmer found a job as a policeman but, unfortunately, was killed while on duty only a year or two before his daughter's husband died during an air battle in the Pacific. Their service to this country won't be forgotten as long as we remember.

Catherine
(family)
April 20, 2014

 

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