Lieutenant Otto Ernest Dobratz

Lieutenant Otto Ernest Dobratz

Meriden Police Department, Connecticut

End of Watch Sunday, July 26, 1953

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Otto Ernest Dobratz

Lieutenant Otto Dobratz suffered a fatal heart attack while investigating a fatal accidental shooting at Hallmere Reservoir.

He was at the scene of the shooting when he suddenly collapsed while attempting to radio police headquarters to inform them the shooting actually happened in Kensington.

Lieutenant Dobratz was U.S. Army veteran of WWI and recipient of the Purple Heart. He had served with the Meriden Police Department for over 25 years. He was survived by his wife, four brothers, and sister.


  • Age 56
  • Tour 25 years
  • Badge Not available
  • Military Veteran

Incident Details

  • Cause Heart attack

shots fired call

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As today marks the "anniversary" of the untimely departure of one of your fallen brethren from the same department, know that you too are remembered and honored always for your service and sacrifice. Rest in peace sir.

Detective Cpl/3 Steven Rizzo (Retired)
Delaware State Police

June 12, 2020

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