Officer Elmer Forsman

Officer Elmer Forsman

Fresno Police Department, California

End of Watch Monday, October 7, 1946

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Elmer Forsman

Officer Elmer Forsman was killed in a motorcycle crash while on duty.

He was traveling north on Blackstone Avenue while responding to an emergency when his motorcycle hit a car that turned in front of him onto Thomas Street.

Based on the condition of the tires, investigators believe Officer Forsman applied the rear brake only and after traveling nearly 50 feet threw the motorcycle on its side to try to avoid the collision before it skidded into the car. He suffered a skull fracture and died without regaining consciousness.

Officer Forsman had served with the Fresno Police Department for four years. He was survived by his wife, daughter, mother, brother, grandmothers, and uncle.


  • Age 30
  • Tour 4 years
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Motorcycle crash
  • Incident Date Sunday, October 6, 1946

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Officer Forsman,
On today, the 75th anniversary of your death I would just like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice for the citizens of Fresno. And to your Family and loved ones, I wish to extend my deepest sympathy.


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