Officer DeWard Burton Gresham, Sr.

Officer DeWard Burton Gresham, Sr.

Alameda Police Department, California

End of Watch Saturday, July 11, 1942

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DeWard Burton Gresham, Sr.

Officer Deward Gresham was killed in a motorcycle accident while attempting to stop a traffic violator at 0800 hours.

He was riding to work on his police motorcycle when he observed the violation and attempted to stop the car. Another vehicle pulled out in front of him at Union Street and Buena Vista Avenue, causing him to crash and strike his head.

Officer Gresham was transported to the Alameda Hospital, where he succumbed to his injuries the next day. He was only wearing a soft hat and received fatal head injuries.

Officer Gresham had been with the Alameda Police Department for over three years. He was survived by his wife, children, and parents.


  • Age 33
  • Tour 3 years, 6 months
  • Badge 62

Incident Details

  • Cause Motorcycle crash
  • Incident Date Friday, July 10, 1942


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Officer Gresham,
On today, the 80th anniversary of your death I would just like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice for the citizens of Alameda. And to your Family and loved ones, I wish to extend my deepest sympathy.


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July 11, 2022

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