Patrolman Birch Puff

Patrolman Birch Puff

Louisville Police Department, Kentucky

End of Watch Saturday, November 29, 1890

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Birch Puff

Patrolman Birch Puff suffered a fatal heart attack while escorting another police officer to police headquarters after the other officer had shot a subject.

The other officer and a hack driver had become engaged in a heated argument over the pending mayoral election. During the argument the hack driver assaulted the officer, took his club, and beat him. The officer then followed the man into a saloon where he fatally shot him. After shooting the man, the officer turned himself in to Officer Puff. As they walked to police headquarters Officer Puff suddenly collapsed.

The officer he was escorting proceeded to headquarters and surrendered.


  • Age 40
  • Tour Not available
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Heart attack

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Patrolman Puff,
On today, the 125th anniversary of your death I would just like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice for the citizens of Louisville.


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November 29, 2015

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