Patrolman George Froeschl

Patrolman George Froeschl

Galveston Police Department, Texas

End of Watch Wednesday, April 9, 1952

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George Froeschl

Patrolman Froeschl died from exposure to the cold while attempting to save a drowning woman.

He had just finished his shift and was being driven by another officer in a patrol car when they heard a call about a woman drowning near 25th and Seawall. When they responded to the scene they encountered a crowd of 500 people, none of whom were helping rescue the woman. Patrolman Froeschl entered the cold water and rescued the woman. He was transported to a local hospital for exposure and shock and subsequently contracted pneumonia and died.

Patrolman Froeschl, a U.S. Army veteran of WWII, had been with the agency for two years and was survived by his pregnant wife and two children.


  • Age 26
  • Tour 2 years
  • Badge Not available
  • Military Veteran

Incident Details

  • Cause Exposure
  • Incident Date Tuesday, April 8, 1952

water rescue

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George, it was 2009 when you found your way into my life creating a chapter in my life that is now deeply intertwined with yours. It's now 2019 and I'm still here thinking of you. Tricia

Patricia Zora

September 1, 2019

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