Chief of Police Burnell Imhoff

Chief of Police Burnell Imhoff

New Holland Borough Police Department, Pennsylvania

End of Watch Wednesday, June 7, 1939

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Burnell Imhoff

Chief of Police Burnell Imhoff succumbed to injuries sustained five days earlier in a motorcycle crash at the intersection of Main Street and Custer Avenue.

He had taken evasive action to avoid striking a vehicle that had also entered the intersection. His motorcycle left the roadway and struck a restaurant, causing fatal injuries.

He was first taken home and then transported to St. Joseph's Hospital, where he remained until succumbing to his injuries.

Chief Imhoff was a U.S. Army veteran of WWI and had served with the New Holland Police Department for 2-1/2 years. He was the agency's first police chief and was survived by his wife and three daughters.


  • Age 39
  • Tour 2 years, 6 months
  • Badge Not available
  • Military Veteran

Incident Details

  • Cause Motorcycle crash
  • Incident Date Saturday, June 3, 1939

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No passage of time can ever erase your service and sacrifice. Rest in peace always.

Detective Cpl/3 Steven Rizzo
Delaware State Police (Retired)

June 7, 2021

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