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
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Incident Details

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

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On today, the 100th anniversary of your death I would just like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice for the citizens of Louisville. And to your Family and loved ones, I wish to extend my deepest sympathy.


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