Corporal Gale Evans Emerson

Corporal Gale Evans Emerson

Durango Police Department, Colorado

End of Watch Saturday, August 24, 1974

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Gale Evans Emerson

Corporal Gale Emerson was killed as a result of an arson fire at the 800 block of Maine Street in Durango at 4:00 am.

Corporal Emerson had just finished his shift at 3:00 am but came back to the station to help when the fire call came in. He and a firefighter were attempting to evacuate an apartment building that was burning. During the evacuation, a wall exploded, killing Corporal Emerson and the firefighter.

The suspect was convicted and sent to a mental hospital but was released in 1994.

Corporal Emerson was survived by his expectant wife.


  • Age 24
  • Tour Not available
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Fire


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What a hero sir. Thank you for your courage and dedication. I pray for your family. I know they miss you terribly. But I know you rest in the arms of our lord. Until we meet in heaven.

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August 24, 2022

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