Patrolman William Albert Bather, Jr.

Patrolman William Albert Bather, Jr.

Toledo Police Department, Ohio

End of Watch Wednesday, May 28, 1919

Add to My Heroes

William Albert Bather, Jr.

Patrolman William Bather succumbed to a gunshot wound sustained the previous night while attempting to arrest three men he suspected of being in possession of a stolen car.

He had observed the men trying to start the car at the intersection of Emerald Avenue and Field Avenue. One of the men shot him as he began to question them. All three men fled the scene on foot.

Patrolman Bather was taken to St. Vincent's Hospital, where he died the following day.

Patrolman Bather had served with the Toledo Police Department for two years. He was survived by his wife and three children.


  • Age 33
  • Tour 2 years
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Incident Date Monday, May 26, 1919
  • Weapon Handgun; .45 caliber
  • Offender Never apprehended

suspicious person

Most Recent Reflection

View all 10 Reflections

NEVER FORGET! Honoring the dedicated service and ultimate sacrifice of Patrolman William Albert Bather, Jr. of the Toledo Police Department, Ohio and the additional 71 American Peace Officers who have paid the ultimate sacrifice on this date in history.

Superintendent Joe Morbitzer (Retired)
Ohio Attorney General, Bureau of Criminal Investigation

May 28, 2024

Want even more control of your Reflection? Create a free ODMP account now for these benefits:

  • Quick access to your heroes
  • Reflections published quicker
  • Save a Reflection signature
  • View, edit or delete any Reflection you've left in the past

Create an account for more options, or use this form to leave a Reflection now.