Police Officer John W. Patterson

Police Officer John W. Patterson

Battle Creek City Police Department, Michigan

End of Watch Friday, August 23, 1940

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John W. Patterson

Officer Patterson succumbed to injuries sustained when he was kicked in the groin while trying to arrest a man about three weeks earlier. He was helping a military police officer arrest an escaped patient from the Veterans Administration facility. Officer Patterson died from complications after surgery for the injury.

Officer Patterson was a gifted athlete who originally came to Battle Creek to play baseball. He was a member of several amateur and semiprofessional teams and also coached. He was coach of the Battle Creek Central High School baseball team that won a state championship in 1907.

On December 31, 1999, a portion of East State Street adjacent to the department headquarters was renamed "John W. Patterson Way."


  • Age 68
  • Tour 31 years
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Assault
  • Incident Date Friday, August 2, 1940
  • Weapon Person
  • Offender Not available

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To fully appreciate the heroes of the present, we must recognize our heroes of the past. Your heroism and service is honored today, the 73rd anniversary year of your death. I am priviliged to leave a tribute to you. Your memory lives and you continue to inspire. Thank you for your service. My cherished son Larry Lasater was a fellow police officer who was murdered in the line of duty on April 24, 2005 while serving as a Pittsburg, CA police officer.

Time never diminishes respect. Your memory will always be honored and revered. Rest In Peace.

Phyllis Lasater Loya
mom of fallen Pittsburg (CA) officer Larry Lasater

April 11, 2013

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