Police Officer Otto A. Balk

Police Officer Otto A. Balk

Detroit Police Department, Michigan

End of Watch Tuesday, November 1, 1921

Otto A. Balk

Officer Balk was killed in a motorcycle accident while pursuing a speeding vehicle on Boston Boulevard. During the pursuit, Officer Balk's motorcycle was struck at 12th Street by the driver of another vehicle who was attempting to get through the intersection before the chase approached him. Instead, the vehicle struck Officer Balk's motorcycle, carrying it some distance before coming to rest upon a curb.

Officer Balk was transported to Providence Hospital with multiple injuries, where he died a few hours later. The driver who hit him was arrested and charged with reckless driving.

Officer Balk had served with the Detroit Police Department for 4 years.


  • Age 31
  • Tour 4 years
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Motorcycle crash

motorcycle, vehicle pursuit

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Your heroism and service is honored today, the 90th anniversary of your death. Your memory lives and you continue to inspire. Thank you for your service. My cherished son Larry Lasater was a fellow police officer murdered in the line of duty on April 24, 2005 while serving as a Pittsburg, CA police officer.

Rest In Peace

Phyllis Loya

Phyllis Loya
mom of fallen officer Larry Lasater. Pittsburg Police Dept., eow 4/24

November 1, 2011

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