Officer Ernest Elmer Bates

Officer Ernest Elmer Bates

Dallas Police Department, Texas

End of Watch Saturday, December 5, 1942

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Ernest Elmer Bates

Officer Ernest Bates succumbed to injures received four months earlier when he was struck by a city bus. He was directing traffic at the intersection of Elm Street and Akard Street and was attempting to get out of the way of a car when he jumped in front of the bus.

Officer Bates suffered severe back injuries but was able to return to light duty after three weeks. Two months later, although still in great pain, he returned to full duty directing traffic in the same intersection. On the evening of December 5, 1942, he collapsed while directing traffic and was rushed to a local hospital. He died while in surgery as doctors attempted to correct injuries from the original accident.

Officer Bates had served with the Dallas Police Department for six years. He was survived by his wife and daughter.


  • Age 35
  • Tour 6 years
  • Badge 249

Incident Details

  • Cause Struck by vehicle
  • Incident Date Friday, August 7, 1942

directing traffic

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Officer Bates,
You are not forgotten by the men and women of law enforcement. RIP

Mike Kane
Retired Detective, Boston Police Dept.

December 21, 2023

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