Police Officer John E. Vandenberg

Police Officer John E. Vandenberg

Detroit Police Department, Michigan

End of Watch Saturday, October 26, 1940

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John E. Vandenberg

Officer Vandenberg was struck and killed by a drunk driver as he and three other officers investigated a suspicious vehicle at Conner Street and E. McNichols Road. As the officers were returning to their patrol car the drunk driver struck Officer Vandenberg and narrowly missed another officer. One of the other officers was able to stop the suspect a short distance away and arrested him.

Officer Vandenberg had served with the Detroit Police Department for 15 years and was survived by his wife.


  • Age 40
  • Tour 15 years
  • Badge 542

Incident Details

  • Cause Vehicular assault
  • Weapon Automobile; Alcohol involved
  • Offender Apprehended

drunk driver, suspicious vehicle

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To fully appreciate the heroes of the present, we must recognize our heroes of the past. Your heroism and service is honored today, the 74th anniversary year of your death. I am privileged to leave a tribute to you. 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 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. Rest In Peace

Phyllis Lasater Loya
mom of fallen officer Larry Lasater

January 5, 2014

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