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

Police Officer William 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 Detroit Police Department for 5 months. He is survived by his wife, parents, sister, and four brothers.


  • Age 28
  • Tour 5 months
  • Badge 1399

Incident Details

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


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Officer Gratton,
On today, the 100th anniversary of your death I would just like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice for the citizens of Detroit. And to your Family and loved ones, I wish to extend my deepest sympathy.


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December 15, 2023

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