Patrolman William Schmelter

Patrolman William Schmelter

New York City Police Department, New York

End of Watch Sunday, April 14, 1929

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William Schmelter

Patrolman Schmelter was killed after falling from the running board of a vehicle.

Patrolman Schmelter commandeered a vehicle at the corner of 53rd Street and Fort Hamilton Parkway, Brooklyn, to pursue another vehicle. Patrolman Schmelter stood on the running board of the vehicle and told the driver to follow a vehicle. As the vehicle he was riding on was making a sharp turn, Patrolman Schmelter fell from the vehicle. He died as a result of his injuries.

Patrolman Schmelter was assigned to the 32nd Precinct, the present day 68th Precinct.


  • Age Not available
  • Tour Not available
  • Badge 5893

Incident Details

  • Cause Automobile crash

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Patrolman Schmelter,
On today, the 90th anniversary of your death I would just like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice for the citizens of New York City.

BPA Mike Casey
United States Border Patrol
El Paso Station

April 14, 2019

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