Chief of Police Charles E. Copeland

Chief of Police Charles E. Copeland

Kennewick Police Department, Washington

End of Watch Sunday, April 2, 1933

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Charles E. Copeland

Chief Copeland succumbed to injuries received three days earlier when he was struck by a train while investigating a call of a suspicious character at the Eastside warehouse at 2000 hours. The train was moving without lights when it struck him, causing major injuries.
Chief Copeland had served as Chief on three separate occasions and had been in law enforcement for 20 years.


  • Age 66
  • Tour 20 years
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Struck by train
  • Incident Date Friday, March 31, 1933

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Charles E. Copeland was my Grandfather who I never got to meet, I answered a news paper article seeking relatives and was proud to attend the ceremony when he was inducted to the memorial wall. My Dad Russell Copeland was a young child when his dad was killed, I believe he lived with family member through out his child hood as his mom had passed prior to this event. I say all this because a lot of loose end regarding my grandfather where tied after we went to the memorial and got the whole story, thanks to all who made this happen.

Sincerely Mark A Copeland

Mark A. Copeland
Grand Son

October 21, 2016

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