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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Lieutenant Dobratz, it has been 70 years since you were taken from us. New England law enforcement has continued to thrive, learn and become safer due to the traditions and sacrifices you, your family, and many others have made for us. Thank you for your service.

Chief (Ret) Steven Marshall
Georges Mills, NH

July 26, 2023

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