Corporal John Holzknecht

Corporal John Holzknecht

Louisville Police Department, Kentucky

End of Watch Wednesday, January 13, 1937

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John Holzknecht

Corporal John Holzknecht succumbed to injuries sustained on November 15th, 1937, when he was involved in a vehicle crash at the intersection of Everett Avenue and Slaughter Avenue (modern day Patterson Avenue).

The police car that Corporal Holzknecht was a passenger in overturned after colliding with a milk truck at the intersection. The driver of the truck was charged with failure to yield right of way.

Corporal Holzknecht was transported to City Hospital where he stayed for several days before being sent home to recuperate. His condition continued to worsen and he died on January 13th, 1938, without having returned to duty.

Corporal Holzknecht had was a Spanish-American War veteran and had served with the Louisville Police Department for 20 years. He was survived by his wife, four sisters, and two brothers.


  • Age 65
  • Tour 20 years
  • Badge Not available
  • Military Veteran

Incident Details

  • Cause Automobile crash
  • Incident Date Sunday, November 15, 1936

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Cpl Holzknecht,
On today,?the 79th anniversary of your death I would just like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice-not just for your Community but for our Country as well when you served during the Spanish-American War.


United States Border Patrol

January 13, 2017

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