Patrolman Anthony Kemper

Patrolman Anthony Kemper

Cincinnati Police Department, Ohio

End of Watch Wednesday, February 23, 1876

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Anthony Kemper

Patrolman Anthony Kemper succumbed to injuries sustained when he was assaulted by an intoxicated man whom he was escorting back to his residence.

Patrolman Kemper found a drunk man creating a disturbance in front of the Fort Sumter Saloon at 15th Street and the Canal. Instead of arresting him, Patrolman Kemper attempted to escort him home. The man consented to go to his brother's home about half a block away, fronting the canal between 15th and Wade Streets. Patrolman Kemper succeeded in getting the man to the top of the stairs at about 3:30 a.m. when the man suddenly struck him in the face.

He was knocked over the banisters to the sidewalk twenty feet below. Patrolman Kemper's lieutenant heard the noise of the fall and ran to Patrolman Kemper's aid but found him unconscious as the result of a skull fracture. The subject was arrested and taken to Oliver Street Station.

Patrolman Kemper was removed to his home at Clark and Linn Streets, where he died shortly before 2:00 p.m.

Patrolman Kemper had served with the Cincinnati Police Department for two years. He was survived by his wife, two children, and brother.

He is interred in St. John's Cemetery.


  • Age 23
  • Tour 2 years
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Assault
  • Weapon Person; Alcohol involved
  • Offender Arrested


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NEVER FORGET! Please join me and honor the dedicated service and ultimate sacrifice of Patrolman Anthony Kemper of the Cincinnati Police Department, Ohio and the additional 53 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

February 23, 2024

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