Police Officer John E. Bartlett

Police Officer John E. Bartlett

Seattle Police Department, Washington

End of Watch Saturday, March 9, 1968

John E. Bartlett

Police Officer John Bartlett was killed when he was struck by a commercial truck while on a traffic stop at the intersection of Aurora Avenue North and North Motor Place.

Officer Bartlett was standing by the traffic offender’s door when a passing truck swerved around his patrol car and drove into the lane where he was standing. The truck mirror struck Officer Bartlett and seriously injured him. He was transported to the hospital where he died two days later of his injuries. The driver of the commercial truck was arrested a short time later.

Officer Bartlett had been a member of the Seattle Police Department for nine years. He is survived by his wife and two children.


  • Age 30
  • Tour 9 years
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Struck by vehicle
  • Incident Date Thursday, March 7, 1968

traffic stop

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Officer Bartlett,
On today, the 50th anniversary of your death I would just like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice-not just for your Community but for our Country as well when you served with the USN during the Korean War and later with the USAR. And to your Family and loved ones, I wish to extend my deepest sympathy.

Fair Winds And Following Seas

United States Border Patrol

March 9, 2018

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