Special Patrolman Elmer Dunn

Special Patrolman Elmer Dunn

Valley Park Police Department, Missouri

End of Watch Wednesday, September 15, 1937

Elmer Dunn

Special Patrolman Elmer Dunn and Chief Olof Norfleet were killed in an automobile accident while on duty.

On September 13, 1937 Patrolman Dunn attempted to intervene in a disturbance involving several subjects at the Royal Flush Tavern in Valley Park. He was severely beaten and his gun and billy were stolen from him. He put out a broadcast and several subjects were taken into custody.

The next day, September 14, warrants were issued for the subjects for assault with intent to kill and robbery. On September 15 Kirkwood Police located another subject involved. They contacted Chief Olof Norfleet who picked up Officer Dunn and were en route to the Kirkwood Police Station. While en route, their vehicle overturned on Marshall Road killing Officer Dunn immediately. Chief Norfleet told a person, who stopped to help, that they were run off the road by two women. Chief Norfleet died en route to St Louis County Hospital. County officials did not investigate any further stating the vehicle must have had a blow out causing the overturn.

Patrolman Dunn had served with the agency for only four months and was survived by his wife, two sons, and two daughters.


  • Age 37
  • Tour 4 months
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Automobile crash

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Although I never got the opportunity to meet you in person I did hear a lot of about you from Grandma, our family and friends. Thank you for giving all of us four wonderful, caring, loving, and kind people, your four children, before your untimely death. My Aunt Thelma, Uncle George, Shirley (my Mother), and Uncle Eddie.
We will never forget you and continue to pray for the truth and answers of what happened on September 15, 1937, the night you lost your life in the line of duty.

James Sieberg

September 16, 2017

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