Detective Douglas Chamblin

Detective Douglas Chamblin

St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department, Missouri

End of Watch Friday, October 14, 1927

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Douglas Chamblin

Detective Douglas Chamblin and Detective Sergeant Edward Schaaf were killed when a portion of a building collapsed on them at Easton and Prairie Avenues during a tornado.

The officers were on patrol when they saw the tornado forming and attempted to take cover. As they were trying to get under the rear of their car the building collapsed crushing both of them. Detective Sergeant was killed at the scene and Detective Chamblin succumbed to his injuries 15 days later.

More than 70 people were killed as a result of the storm.

Detective Chamblin had been with the agency for seven years and was survived by his wife and four children.


  • Age 36
  • Tour 7 years
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Structure collapse
  • Incident Date Thursday, September 29, 1927

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Your heroism and service is honored today, the 93rd 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 murdered in the line of duty on April 24, 2005 while serving as a Pittsburg, CA police officer.

Your sacrifice was made so many years ago. Evil was, is, and will be a part of life just as goodness such as yours will also be present.

Rest In Peace

Phyllis Loya

Phyllis Loya
mother of fallen officer Larry Lasater

October 14, 2010

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