Patrolman Herbert Gale Poe

Patrolman Herbert Gale Poe

Ardmore Police Department, Oklahoma

End of Watch Wednesday, March 25, 1970

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Herbert Gale Poe

Patrolman Herbert Poe was killed when his motorcycle collided with the side of a Frisco switch engine at the railroad tracks on South Washington, between Stanley Avenue and 2nd Avenue.

He had finished his shift at 4 a. m., and while on his way home a flatcar was ahead of him on the crossing between Stanley and 2nd Avenue. Patrolman Poe left 12 feet of skid marks before laying the motorcycle on its side for 65 feet. Indications are Patrolman Poe was attempting to get the motorcycle back on its wheels when he smashed into the steps at the rear of the switch engine.

The motorcycle was thrown backward after impact and came to rest 20 feet north of the tracks and six feet east of the curb. The switch engine had been backing across the intersection from west to east and cleared the intersection before it stopped.

Patrolman Poe had received two departmental commendations for outstanding work during the preceding 11 months.

Patrolman Poe was a U.S. Air Force veteran and had served with the Ardmore Police Department for 2-1/2 years. He was survived by his wife, son, daughter, stepfather and mother, father, sister, and brother.


  • Age 26
  • Tour 2 years, 6 months
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Motorcycle crash

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Your heroism and service is honored today, the 42nd anniversary of your death. 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 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.

I pray for solace for all those who love and remember you for I know both the pain and pride are forever. You are in my heart's embrace today. I thank your children and friends for sharing their memories and devotion to you through their reflection.

Rest In Peace.

Phyllis Loya
Mom of fallen California Officer Larry Lasater, Pittsburg PD, eow 4/24/05

March 26, 2012

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