Police Officer Michael L. Draeger

Police Officer Michael L. Draeger

Milwaukee Police Department, Wisconsin

End of Watch Saturday, December 28, 1974

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Michael L. Draeger

Officer Draeger succumbed to burns received one month earlier when his clothing caught fire following an accident. He was responding to an officer needs assistance call when his patrol wagon collided with another police car. He was able to free himself from the wreckage but his gasoline-soaked clothing caught fire.

He was transported to a burn center where he succumbed to his wounds one month later.

Officer Draeger had served with the agency for 5 years. He was survived by his wife and two children.


  • Age 26
  • Tour 5 years
  • Badge 5

Incident Details

  • Cause Fire
  • Incident Date Monday, November 18, 1974

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Dear friend Michael,
I am writing this after the passing of your marvelous father, Howard, knowing that you helped him transition from this life to the next. The pain of your loss is still with me, but I'm grateful to have had you in my life. What a joy you and your family was to mine while we lived in West Milwaukee, and when you would visit us up in Wabeno. My brother Gerry and I treasure our relationship with your mother, and will continue to take care of her as she grieves for this fresh loss.

You were gone too soon, but you left a huge legacy in your actions and your descendants. You are not only remembered, but still loved. Bless you.

BJ Ermenc
Family friend

August 14, 2017

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