Sergeant Charles M. Gantz

Sergeant Charles M. Gantz

Waco Police Department, Texas

End of Watch Wednesday, August 8, 1923

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Charles M. Gantz

Sergeant Charles Gantz died after being exposed to a mixture of carbon dioxide and nitrogen while being lowered into a dry well while searching for illegal liquor.

He was overcome by the fumes and asphyxiated while descending into the well. His body was recovered 45 minutes later.

Sergeant Gantz had served with the Waco Police Department for two years. He was survived by his wife and seven children.


  • Age 36
  • Tour 2 years
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Exposure to toxins

alcohol violation, building search

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Sgt. Gantz,
On today, the 100th anniversary of your death I would just like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice for the citizens of Waco. And to your Family and loved ones, I wish to extend my deepest sympathy.


United States Border Patrol

August 8, 2023

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