Patrolman Burtis Birkhoff

Patrolman Burtis Birkhoff

Passaic Police Department, New Jersey

End of Watch Monday, April 15, 1935

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Burtis Birkhoff

Patrolman Burtis Birkhoff was killed in an automobile collision while pursuing a youth who was fleeing on foot.

Patrolman Birkhoff had commandeered a car and was riding on the running board. The driver of the car stopped suddenly to avoid hitting the suspect and Patrolman Birkhoff was thrown to the ground.

Patrolman Birkhoff had served with the Passaic Police Department for 10 years and was survived by his wife and three young children.


  • Age Not available
  • Tour 10 years
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Vehicle pursuit
  • Weapon Not available
  • Offender Not available

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I have heard the story from my daddy about my great great uncle Burtis and have found his grandchildren. I am honored to be part of this family, especially knowing we had someone as devoted to law and order to give his life. Thank you, to EVERYONE, that has continued to honor him. His son, Burtis, is now with him in Heaven.

Katrinia Bass
Great great niece

January 2, 2021

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