Patrolman Frank Seip

Patrolman Frank Seip

Cincinnati Police Department, Ohio

End of Watch Friday, December 2, 1887

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Frank Seip

Patrolman Frank Seip succumbed to a duty-related illness after being bitten by a diseased prisoner.

On July 4, 1886, Patrolman Seip, a member of a patrol wagon squad, was assisting with the apprehension of a drunken man who was resisting arrest. During the struggle with the man, the man bit Patrolman Seip on his left thumb, causing a bad laceration. He paid little attention to it other than to give it a simple dressing. He returned to work, and the wound healed, but he later fell critically ill with blood poisoning from the incident. He recovered and returned to work, however, the blood poisoning never fully left his system, and he again fell ill two weeks before his death.

Patrolman Seip had served with the Cincinnati Police Department for 18 months. He was survived by his father.

He is buried at what was German Protestant Cemetery, now known as Walnut Hills Cemetery.


  • Age 26
  • Tour 1 year, 6 months
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Duty related illness

bloodborne pathogen, prisoner custody

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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 Frank Seip of the Cincinnati Police Department, Ohio and the additional 64 American Peace Officers who have paid the ultimate sacrifice on this date in history.

Superintendent Joe Morbitzer
Ohio Attorney General, Bureau of Criminal Investigation

December 2, 2022

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