Patrolman Burtis Birkhoff

Patrolman Burtis Birkhoff

Passaic Police Department, New Jersey

End of Watch Monday, April 15, 1935

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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My late father often talked of the day his uncle Burt died. Although he was only 14 at the time he remembered the family coming to my Grandparents house (Henry V. and Nellie Birkhoff) and sitting in the parlor and all wept for him.

Douglas W. Birkhoff
Great Uncle

January 12, 2014

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