Police Officer Edward O'Brien Pursell

Police Officer Edward O'Brien Pursell

Pensacola Police Department, Florida

End of Watch Saturday, August 12, 1944

Edward O'Brien Pursell

Police Officer Edward Pursell suffered a fatal heart attack shortly after struggling with a suspect he was attempting to arrest.

The subject resisted arrest after using offensive language directed towards the police department. About 15 minutes later Officer Pursell began to feel ill and was taken to a local hospital. He remained under an oxygen tent for two days until passing away.

Officer Pursell was a WWI veteran. He had served with the Pensacola Police Department for 10 months and had previously served as a civilian police officer for the Pensacola Naval Air Station. He was survived by his wife, five children, sister, and three brothers.


  • Age 45
  • Tour 10 months
  • Badge 69

Incident Details

  • Cause Heart attack
  • Incident Date Thursday, August 10, 1944

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To fully appreciate the heroes of the present, we must recognize our heroes of the past. Your heroism and service is honored today, the 69t hanniversary year of your death. I am priviliged to be among the first to leave a tribute to you. Your memory lives and you continue to inspire. Thank you for your service. My cherished son Larry Lasater was a fellow police officer who was murdered in the line of duty on April 24, 2005 while serving as a Pittsburg, CA police officer.

Time never diminishes respect. Your memory will always be honored and revered. Rest In Peace.

Phyllis Lasater Loya
mom of fallen Pittsburg (CA) officer Larry Lasater

February 13, 2013

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