Police Officer William M. Gratton

Police Officer William M. Gratton

Detroit Police Department, Michigan

End of Watch Saturday, December 15, 1923

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William M. Gratton

Officer Gratton succumbed to injuries sustained five days earlier when his motorcycle was struck by another vehicle at the intersection of Selden Street and 4th Avenue. He was ejected from the vehicle and thrown 15 feet. He was transported to Harper Hospital where he remained in a coma for five days before succumbing to his injuries.

Officer Gratton had only served with the agency for 5 months.


  • Age 28
  • Tour 5 months
  • Badge 1399

Incident Details

  • Cause Automobile crash
  • Incident Date Monday, December 10, 1923


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I have been remiss in my duties of honoring Officer William Gratton. I began law enforcement 25 years ago not knowing I had family history in the field. Several years ago I was told about a great uncle who died in the line of duty and as we prepare to lay to rest an officer in our area I must say thank you Uncle William for you service.

Chief Tracy Hahn
Upper Arlington Police Division, Ohio

April 13, 2016

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