Officer Ernest Elmer Bates

Officer Ernest Elmer Bates

Dallas Police Department, Texas

End of Watch Saturday, December 5, 1942

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 agency 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

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Your heroism and service is honored today, the 69th 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
mother of fallen officer Larry Lasater, PPD, eow 4/24/05

December 5, 2011

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