Detective Sergeant Ralph Gerald Akeman

Detective Sergeant Ralph Gerald Akeman

Indianapolis Police Department, Indiana

End of Watch Tuesday, March 23, 1954

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Ralph Gerald Akeman

Detective Sergeant Jerry Akeman suffered a fatal heart attack while testifying about a safe-cracking and car theft ring at the Vanderburgh Circuit Court in Evansville.

The defense attorney was cross-examining Detective Sergeant Akeman. The testimony became heated over his refusal to name his confidential source. He collapsed while on the stand and died at the scene.

Detective Sergeant Akeman was a United States Navy WWII veteran and had served with the Indianapolis Police Department for 12 years. He was survived by his wife, son, and brother.


  • Age 46
  • Tour 12 years
  • Badge Not available
  • Military Veteran

Incident Details

  • Cause Heart attack

attending court

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Det. Sgt. Akeman,
On today, the 70th 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 with the U.S. Navy during World War II. And to your Family and loved ones, I wish to extend my deepest sympathy.

Fair Winds And Following Seas

BPA Mike Casey
United States Border Patrol(Retired)

March 23, 2024

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