Patrolman John Schroeder

Patrolman John Schroeder

Cincinnati Police Department, Ohio

End of Watch Saturday, August 17, 1901

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John Schroeder

Patrolman John Schroeder was electrocuted around 8 a.m. when he attempted to pick up a live wire with his wooden nightstick at the intersection of Charlton Street and Zeltner Street, in Corryville.

Several kite tails had become stuck on the wire, causing it to burn through and fall to the ground. As he moved the wire towards the utility pole, the wire slipped down the nightstick and made contact with his hand.

Patrolman Schroeder had served with the Cincinnati Police Division for 15 years. He was survived by his wife, four sons, parents, and brother. His brother also served with the Cincinnati Police Division.


  • Age 42
  • Tour 15 years
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Electrocuted


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NEVER FORGET! On behalf of the Ohio Attorneys General Bureau of Criminal Identification & Investigation, we honor the dedicated service and ultimate sacrifice of Patrolman John Schroeder of the Cincinnati Police Department, Ohio and the additional 73 American Peace Officers who have paid the ultimate sacrifice on this date in history.

Superintendent Joe Morbitzer
Ohio Attorney General, Bureau of Criminal Investigation

August 17, 2021

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