Patrol Special Police Officer Theodore G. Canham

Patrol Special Police Officer Theodore G. Canham

San Francisco Police Department, California

End of Watch Saturday, December 11, 1909

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Theodore G. Canham

Patrol Special Police Officer Theodore Canham was electrocuted when he came in contact with a live wire at the intersection of Lombard Street and Fillmore Street.

He was en route to the North End Police Station when he noticed the live wire. He summoned another patrolman to the scene and the two stood guard to warn pedestrians. As a group of children approached Officer Canham believed that the jumping wire may come too close to them.

Believing his leather gloves were non-conductive, Officer Canham attempted to grab the wire to move it out of reach of the children. However, he received a shock and collapsed. He was transported to Central Emergency Hospital where he was pronounced dead.


  • Age 21
  • Tour Not available
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Electrocuted

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His obituary lists his parents and four siblings.
Officer is buried in Cypress Lawn Memorial Park, Colma, California. {Note: burial plot is known but not marked see Find a grave memorial

T. Fazzini

January 7, 2018

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