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 Hypothermia
  • Incident Date Tuesday, April 8, 1952

water rescue

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In Honor And Respect, Patrolman George Froeschl, Sir, You Are Honored And Remembered For Your Dedicated Service To Law Enforcement And To Our Country, U.S. Army Veteran WWll... On April 9, 1952 You Lost Your Life And Saved A Woman That Was Drowning. You Jumped In To Save A Human Life As Hundreds Of People Looked On And Stood There... Sir, You Were A Man Of Honor, Bravery, Courage And Greatness, You Are Remembered Today, Patrolman George Froeschl... On That Galveston, Texas Day So Many Years Ago, We Lost "A TRUE HERO"... Peace And Blessings To Your Family... May You Rest In Eternal Peace, Patrolman George Froeschl...

Gail Mercado

April 9, 2021

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