Police Officer George Gustave Bredenberg, Jr.

Police Officer George Gustave Bredenberg, Jr.

Turlock Police Department, California

End of Watch Friday, November 4, 1949

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George Gustave Bredenberg, Jr.

Officer George Bredenberg succumbed to injuries sustained three days earlier when the vehicle he was riding in struck a train in dense fog.

Officer Joe Kerley and Officer Glenn Winans were killed instantly in the collision. The three officers were responding to a prowler car when the accident occurred. The impact was so great that the refrigerated car that they struck was derailed. Officer Winans and Officer Kerley were in the front seats and Officer Bredenberg was in the rear seat. The accident occurred at midnight during the shift change. Officer Winans and Officer Kerley were just getting off work and Officer Bredenberg was just reporting to duty.

Officer Bredenberg had served with the Turlock Police Department for seven months. He was survived by his wife and two sons.


  • Age 37
  • Tour 7 months
  • Badge 12

Incident Details

  • Cause Struck by train
  • Incident Date Tuesday, November 1, 1949

automobile accident, train crash, weather

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Rest in peace Officer Bredenberg.

Rabbi Lewis S. Davis

March 14, 2023

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