Patrolman Edward D. Piller

Patrolman Edward D. Piller

Salem Police Department, Ohio

End of Watch Saturday, April 25, 1936

Edward D. Piller

Patrolman Edward Piller was killed in a motorcycle accident while test driving one of the department's motorcycles.

The motorcycle had been out of service since the previous fall when a new motorcycle had been purchased. The motorcycle had been serviced and Patrolman Piller was testing it behind city hall with the police chief and mayor watching. The mayor requested to ride on the rear of the motorcycle and the request was approved by the chief.

As Patrolman Piller drove the mayor down the street the motorcycle struck a rut in the roadway and threw both men to the ground. Patrolman Piller suffered a skull fracture and died as a result. The mayor recovered from his injuries.

Patrolman Piller had served with the Salem Police Department for six years. He was survived by his wife, mother, sister, and two brothers.


  • Age 38
  • Tour 6 years
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Motorcycle crash

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Officer Piller - I live just blocks from where you are buried. With some donation from the community you have a beautiful gravestone. I also researched your family and created a memorial of you and your family on a memorial website. Wanted say thank you for your service as a police officer and also a firefighter for Salem.

Officer Dan Means
G4S Secure Solutions USA Inc.

April 4, 2015

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