Sergeant Charles Goetz

Sergeant Charles Goetz

Cleveland Division of Police, Ohio

End of Watch Saturday, May 6, 1916

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Charles Goetz

Patrolman Charles Goetz was killed after being struck by a vehicle on West 25th Street.

Two cars were racing up the street with their bright lights on, and another officer yelled at them to stop. Alerted by the other officer's shouts, Patrolman Goetz stepped into the street in the path of a car coming from the opposite direction. The driver of the vehicle that struck Patrolman Goetz could not see him because of the bright lights of the oncoming cars. No charges were filed.

Patrolman Goetz was a U.S. Military Army veteran and had served with the Cleveland Division of Police for 17 years. He was survived by his wife and two young daughters.


  • Age 41
  • Tour 17 years
  • Badge Not available
  • Military Veteran

Incident Details

  • Cause Struck by vehicle
  • Incident Date Friday, May 5, 1916

traffic patrol

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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 Charles Goetz of the Cleveland Division of Police, Ohio and the additional 58 American Peace Officers who have paid the ultimate sacrifice on this date in history.

Superintendent Joe Morbitzer
Ohio Attorney General, Bureau of Criminal Investigation

May 5, 2022

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