Patrolman Harold Clarence DeGear

Patrolman Harold Clarence DeGear

Iowa State Patrol, Iowa

End of Watch Friday, February 19, 1954

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Harold Clarence DeGear

Patrolman Harold DeGear was killed when he was crushed between his patrol car and another car during a traffic stop on 6th Street SW near 20th Avenue SW in Cedar Rapids.

As he wrote a ticket to the driver of the vehicle he had stopped another vehicle attempted to pass a truck and struck the rear the Trooper DeGear's patrol car. Patrolman DeGear was transported to a local hospital where he succumbed to his injuries the next day.

Patrolman DeGear was a U.S. Marine Corps combat veteran of both WWII and the Korean War. He had served with the Iowa Highway Patrol for 6-1/2 years. He was survived by his wife and 2-year-old son.


  • Age 29
  • Tour 6 years, 6 months
  • Badge 60
  • Military Veteran

Incident Details

  • Cause Struck by vehicle
  • Incident Date Thursday, February 18, 1954

traffic stop

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