Officer Gordon Brewster Bartel

Officer Gordon Brewster Bartel

Kodiak Police Department, Alaska

End of Watch Saturday, January 15, 1983

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Gordon Brewster Bartel

Officer Gordon Bartel was shot and killed while issuing a citation to a man for camping within the city limits.

Officer Bartel had previously warned the man about violating the city ordinance. The suspect was found guilty of murder and sentenced to 99 years.

Officer Bartel had served with the Kodiak Police Department for 1 1/2 years. He was survived by his wife, son, and two daughters.


  • Age 29
  • Tour 1 year, 6 months
  • Badge 11

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Gun; Unknown type
  • Offender Sentenced to 99 years

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41 years ago on Kodiak Island a good man was killed while on Duty… in those duties he kept the drunk, drugged or dumb from harming themselves and others.

I knew Gordy from sharing the ‘crew’ table at the back of the Copper Corner Restaurant. Marlys (Mom to many) looked out for everyone in her domain… especially her crew, Cops, Troopers and a few other strays like me.

Gordy smoothly dealt with the wild and wooly seeking to create drama… the label ‘Quiet Professional’ comes to mind… he projected real strength… not ego, bravado or bluster.

In peaceful moments; he would light up as he spoke of his Sweetheart & Kids…… he KNEW that he was blessed as they shared the Alaska chapter of their lives.

To his family… there are no words to express how sorry I am for your loss. In a world where so many ‘watch’ instead of ‘do’… Gordy put on the uniform, went out and took care of many, many others… he is not forgotten. Brother Gordy-Rest In Peace.

CDR Ken Coffland
US Coast Guard (ret)

January 15, 2024

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