Patrolman William Burmeister

Patrolman William Burmeister

Cleveland Division of Police, Ohio

End of Watch Sunday, October 20, 1935

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William Burmeister

Patrolman William Burmeister was killed in a motorcycle crash while en route to escort a funeral procession that had left Barberton and was making its way through Cleveland.

Patrolman Burmeister was traveling southbound on East 131st Street. As he attempted to pass Gay Avenue, a truck ran a stop sign and pulled out in front of him, and he hit the side of the truck head-first. Patrolman Burmeister suffered a broken neck from the impact and was transported to St. Luke's Hospital where he was pronounced dead.

Patrolman Burmeister had served with the Cleveland Division of Police for six years. He was survived by his wife, two daughters, and a son.


  • Age Not available
  • Tour 6 years
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Motorcycle crash

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NEVER FORGET! On behalf of the Ohio Attorneys General Bureau of Criminal Identification & Investigation, we honor the dedicated service and ultimate sacrifice of Patrolman William Burmeister of the Cleveland Division of Police, Ohio and the additional 73 American Peace Officers who have paid the ultimate sacrifice on this date in history.

Superintendent Joe Morbitzer
Ohio Attorney General, Bureau of Criminal Investigation

October 20, 2023

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