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 Emerson was killed as a result of an arson fire. He and a firefighter were attempting to evacuate an apartment building which 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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Thank you Corporal Emerson for paying the highest price to keep me safe. Your memorial at out Department will stand proud. May GOD continue to give peace to your family. You are a true warrior! Sincerely,

Chief Jim Spratlen
Durango Police Department

June 4, 2016

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