Officer David W. Gaul

Officer David W. Gaul

Peoria Park District Police Department, Illinois

End of Watch Wednesday, August 4, 1937

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David W. Gaul

Officer David Gaul was struck and killed by a vehicle while watching over a large group of children picnicking in Bradley Park.

Officer Gaul had parked his motorcycle and stood in the middle of the street in an effort to keep the children out of the road as well as make himself visible to vehicles. Someone called his attention to a car coming around the bend. As Officer Gaul walked forward, he waved and a vehicle struck the officer. He landed 20 feet away and suffered from multiple wounds as well as broken arms and legs. Officer Gaul died soon after his arrival at the hospital.

Officer Gaul had served with the Peoria Park District Police Department for five years. He was survived by a brother and three sisters.


  • Age 61
  • Tour 5 years
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Struck by vehicle

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Officer Gaul,
On today, the 79th anniversary of your death I would just like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice for the citizens of Peoria.


United States Border Patrol

August 4, 2016

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