Patrolman James E. Elder

Patrolman James E. Elder

Louisville Police Department, Kentucky

End of Watch Thursday, September 1, 1921

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James E. Elder

Patrolman James Elder was died from blood poisoning nearly five weeks after he was thrown from the running board of a truck of the Louisville Gas & Electric Company at Preston and Oak streets. He suffered a fractured hip, during the treatment of which blood poisoning set in.

Patrolman Elder had been investigating an accident at First and Oak Streets the day he was hurt and jumped on the running board of the truck for a lift to Preston Street, where he wished to interview a witness. At Preston Street the truck swerved, throwing him to the curbing.

Patrolman Elder was preceded in death by four children, and was survived by his wife, two sons, daughter, parents, and brother. He is buried in Best Cemetery in Glensborough, Kentucky.


  • Age 39
  • Tour Not available
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Automobile crash
  • Incident Date Thursday, July 28, 1921

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To fully appreciate the heroes of the present, we must recognize our heroes of the past. Your heroism and service is honored today, the 92nd anniversary year of your death. I am priviliged to be among the first to leave a tribute to you. Your memory lives and you continue to inspire. Thank you for your service. My cherished son Larry Lasater was a fellow police officer who was murdered in the line of duty on April 24, 2005 while serving as a Pittsburg, CA police officer.

Time never diminishes respect. Your memory will always be honored and revered. Rest In Peace.

Phyllis Lasater Loya
mom of fallen Pittsburg (CA) officer Larry Lasater

April 28, 2013

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