Night Patrolman Otto John Glissman

Night Patrolman Otto John Glissman

Greendale Police Department, Indiana

End of Watch Saturday, December 19, 1942

Otto John Glissman

Night Patrolman Otto Glissman was struck and killed by an intoxicated driver on Ridge Avenue.

At 2:10 am, a 19-year-old driver and his six companions were being flagged down by Night Patrolman Glissman for having only one headlight. The teens, who later stated they did not see the officer until it was too late to avoid hitting him, struck Night Patrolman Glissman with the vehicle's bumper. His body was thrown into the windshield where he suffered a skull fracture and died instantly.

The driver, who was under the influence of alcohol, was charged with manslaughter but was later acquitted by a jury and died in June of 1986.

Night Patrolman Glissman had served with the Greendale Police Department for only 10 months. He was survived by his wife, 11-year-old daughter, father, two brothers and six sisters. He is buried in Greendale Cemetery, Lawrenceburg, Dearborn County, Indiana.


  • Age 56
  • Tour 10 months
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Vehicular assault
  • Weapon Automobile; Alcohol involved
  • Offender Acquitted

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Today Night Patrolman Glissman's daughter came into Greendale Police Department. The 11 year old survivor of Officer Glissman is now 84 years old. She related to me how proud her father was being in his uniform. She said he walked (no patrol car) and received calls for service by the dispatcher flicking the street lights on and off. She saw the memorial on this page (at the PD where we have it printed out) and was very touched. Thank you ODMP.

Sgt. Kevin Turner
Greendale, Indiana Police Department

January 24, 2016

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