Patrolman Kenneth Earl Payne

Patrolman Kenneth Earl Payne

Ann Arbor Police Department, Michigan

End of Watch Tuesday, June 4, 1946

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Kenneth Earl Payne

Patrolman Payne was killed in a motorcycle accident while on patrol on Washtenaw Avenue.

Another vehicle pulled in front of him at the intersection of Sheridan Road and suddenly stopped. Patrolman Payne attempted to avoid a collision but was thrown to the ground, causing severe injuries. He succumbed to his injuries eight hours later.

Patrolman Payne was a U.S. Army veteran of WWII and had served with the Ann Arbor Police Department for five years. He was survived by his wife, daughter, and grandparents.


  • Age 31
  • Tour 5 years
  • Badge Not available
  • Military Veteran

Incident Details

  • Cause Motorcycle crash


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Patrolman Payne,
On today, the 75th anniversary of your death I would just like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice- of just for your Community but for our Country as well when you served with the U.S. Army in Europe during WW II. And to your Family and loved ones, I wish to extend my deepest sympathy.


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June 4, 2021

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