Sergeant Carl F. Hille

Sergeant Carl F. Hille

Cincinnati Police Department, Ohio

End of Watch Wednesday, July 15, 1942

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Carl F. Hille

Sergeant Carl Hille was killed when a gas line exploded on Sycamore Street.

Sergeant Hille responded to the report of a gas smell at the Hodge Drive-it-Yourself Co. at 511 Sycamore Street between 6th Street and 7th Street. As he walked into the building, the gas exploded. Sergeant Hille's body was hurled fifty feet in the air over the Saint Xavier Grade School and ended up in an alley behind the Convent of Notre Dame. He was killed instantly from a comminuted skull fracture. Four others were killed, and sixteen others were injured, some critically.

Sergeant Hille had served with the Cincinnati Police Division for 13 years. He was survived by his wife and four children. He is buried in Vine Steet Cemetery.

Sergeant Hille had been a legendary fast-pitch softball pitcher. In 1922, he started 69 games and lost only one. In 1954, the Cincinnati Recreation Commission converted what was once known as Lucky Circus grounds into a baseball field and, in 1960, dedicated the field in Sergeant Hille's memory. Over the years, the field fell into disrepair. During the mid-1990s, Elder High School repaired the field and used it as its home field. The field was rededicated on April 18, 1998, as the Carl F. Hille Memorial Field.

Sergeant Hille's grandson joined the Cincinnati Police Department in the 1970s and retired as a Police Sergeant near the turn of the Century. Sergeant Hille's great-grandson joined the Cincinnati Police Department as a Police Officer in 2004.


  • Age 35
  • Tour 13 years
  • Badge 384

Incident Details

  • Cause Explosion

investigation, mechanical failure

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Sgt. Hille,
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 Cincinnati. And to your Family and loved ones, I wish to extend my deepest sympathy.


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July 15, 2022

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