Patrolman John A. Franken

Patrolman John A. Franken

Cincinnati Police Department, Ohio

End of Watch Thursday, July 7, 1927

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John A. Franken

Patrolman John Franken succumbed to gunshot wounds he received three days earlier when he and another officer responded to a report of a man shooting two other men and a woman on Kenyon Avenue.

The suspect was apprehended and sentenced to death for Patrolman Franken's memorial. He was executed in the electric chair at the Ohio State Penitentiary on November 30, 1928.

Patrolman Franken had been with the Cincinnati Police Department for nearly 20 years and was buried at Saint Joseph Old Cemetery.


  • Age 48
  • Tour 19 years, 6 months
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Incident Date Monday, July 4, 1927
  • Weapon Shotgun
  • Offender Executed in 1928

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NEVER FORGET! On behalf of the Ohio Attorneys General Bureau of Criminal Identification & Investigation, we honor the dedicated service and ultimate sacrifice of Patrolman John A. Franken of the Cincinnati Police Department, Ohio and the additional 74 American Peace Officers who have paid the ultimate sacrifice on this date in history.

Superintendent Joe Morbitzer
Ohio Attorney General, Bureau of Criminal Investigation

July 7, 2023

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