Patrolman Gerald N. Bode

Patrolman Gerald N. Bode

Cleveland Division of Police, Ohio

End of Watch Saturday, December 18, 1937

Gerald N. Bode

Patrolman Gerald Bode and Patrolman Virgil Bayne were shot and killed while questioning five suspicious men at a gas station.

As Patrolman Bayne questioned one of the men outside of the vehicle the suspect produced a revolver and opened fire. At the same time, the four suspects inside of the car began shooting at Patrolman Bode. Both officers were able to return fire but did not strike the suspects. The officers were both shot and taken to St. Luke's Hospital where they were pronounced dead.

All five suspects were apprehended. One was sentenced to death and electrocuted. The rest were all convicted and eventually paroled.


  • Age 32
  • Tour Not available
  • Badge 782

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Handgun; Revolver
  • Offender One executed

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NEVER FORGET! On behalf of the Westerville, Ohio Division of Police, we honor the dedicated service and ultimate sacrifice of Patrolman Gerald N. Bode of the Cleveland Police Department, Ohio and the additional 58 American Peace Officers who have paid the ultimate sacrifice on this date in history.

Chief Joe Morbitzer
Westerville, Ohio Division of Police

December 18, 2017

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