Supernumerary Officer Ernest Walter Schilke

Supernumerary Officer Ernest Walter Schilke

Bristol Police Department, Connecticut

End of Watch Wednesday, May 17, 1944

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Ernest Walter Schilke

Supernumerary Ernest Schilke died after being overcome by carbon monoxide gas after a gas explosion at a mill on Broad Street.

Two workmen were making repairs following the explosion when they were overcome by the fumes. Supernumerary Schilke and fire officials arrived at the scene and attempted to rescue one of the workmen who had collapsed. Supernumerary Schilke and one of the fire officials were both overcome and the Supernumerary died as a result.

Supernumerary Schilke had served as a Corporal in the U.S. Army during WW II.


  • Age 23
  • Tour Not available
  • Badge Not available
  • Military Veteran

Incident Details

  • Cause Exposure to toxins


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Supernumerary Schilke, it has been 80 years since you were taken from us. New England law enforcement has continued to thrive, learn and become safer due to the traditions and sacrifices you, your family, and many others have made for us. Thank you for your military and years of law enforcement service.

Chief (Ret) Steven Marshall
Georges Mills, NH

May 21, 2024

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