Police Officer John B. French

Police Officer John B. French

Detroit Police Department, Michigan

End of Watch Thursday, May 15, 1958

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John B. French

Officer French succumbed to injuries sustained the previous day when he was involved in a motorcycle accident on the Ford Expressway.

Officer French was driving east in the morning into the sun on I-94 under Grand River Avenue and didn't see a 12x12 timber workers had placed across the ramp. His helmet came off during the accident and he sustained major head injuries.

Officer French was a U.S Army Air Corps veteran of WWII and had served with the Detroit Police Department for nine years. He was survived by his wife and child.


  • Age 31
  • Tour 9 years
  • Badge 1060
  • Military Veteran

Incident Details

  • Cause Motorcycle crash
  • Incident Date Wednesday, May 14, 1958


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Officer John B. French was my father, he passed when I was just two and my brother just one years old. Although we do not remember him we will forever be proud of his service.

Gayle "French" Vick

January 29, 2020

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