Patrolman Jacob Benner

Patrolman Jacob Benner

Denver Police Department, Colorado

End of Watch Monday, February 14, 1938

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Jacob Benner

Patrolman Jacob Benner succumbed to complications from an injury sustained three months earlier.

On November 6, 1937, he and several other officers raided an illegal gambling den in the city. As Patrolman Benner climbed onto a table one of his legs went through it. Several days later Patrolman Benner went to a local hospital where doctors discovered that he had ruptured a blood vessel in the leg and contracted blood poisoning. He died as a result of the blood poisoning on February 14, 1938.


  • Age 28
  • Tour 2 years
  • Badge 282

Incident Details

  • Cause Duty related illness
  • Incident Date Saturday, November 6, 1937

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Officer Benner, you were doing your duty and probably having a great time doing it! Here it is 79 years later and your name and service are still remembered and honored--and always will be. Keep watching over us and know that you are still strong and active, in the hearts of fine officers everywhere.

Tina Lewis Rowe
Captain, Denver Police Department (ret.)
U.S. Marshal, Colorado (ret.)

April 18, 2017

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