Police Officer Ellsworth W. Cordes

Police Officer Ellsworth W. Cordes

Seattle Police Department, Washington

End of Watch Saturday, December 31, 1932

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Ellsworth W. Cordes

Police Officer Ellsworth Cordes was killed when his police motorcycle struck a streetcar at First Avenue South and Horton Street.

His partner, Police Officer Ralph Ahner, had been killed in a motorcycle crash three blocks away only three months earlier.

Officer Cordes had been a member of the Seattle Police Department for two years and was survived by his wife and daughter.


  • Age 35
  • Tour 2 years
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Motorcycle crash

routine driving

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In 2014, Ellsworth Cordes was posthumously awarded the Washington Law Enforcement Medal of Honor.

Officer Mike Severance
Seattle Police Department (Retired)

April 4, 2015

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