Chief of Police John H. Bruner

Chief of Police John H. Bruner

Jefferson City Police Department, Missouri

End of Watch Tuesday, January 7, 1936

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John H. Bruner

Chief John Bruner was struck and killed by a vehicle while directing traffic around his crashed patrol vehicle. He and a sheriff's deputy were returning to Jefferson City after transporting a prisoner to Kansas City. During the drive back their vehicle skidded off of the highway near Lee's Summit. The officers exited the patrol car and were using flashlights to direct oncoming traffic away from the vehicle when Chief Bruner was struck.

Chief Bruner was a WWI veteran and a military Silver Star recipient. He had been with the agency for five years and was survived by his wife, two sons, and mother.


  • Age 37
  • Tour 5 years
  • Badge Not available
  • Military Veteran

Incident Details

  • Cause Struck by vehicle

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Your heroism and service is honored today, the 76th anniversary of your death. Your memory lives and you continue to inspire. Thank you for your service. My cherished son Larry Lasater was a fellow police officer who was murdered in the the line of duty on April 24, 2005 while serving as a Pittsburg, CA police officer.

Time never diminishes respect. Your memory will always be honored and revered. Rest In Peace.

Your valor in WWI: which earned you the great honor of being a Silver Star recipient is also appreciated,

Phyllis Loya
Mom of fallen California Officer Larry Lasater, Pittsburg PD, eow 4/24/05

January 7, 2012

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