Chief of Police Robert W. Kappenburg

Chief of Police Robert W. Kappenburg

East Hartford Police Department, Connecticut

End of Watch Sunday, October 8, 1916

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Robert W. Kappenburg

Chief Robert Kappenburg succumbed to injuries sustained 19 days earlier when he was struck by a vehicle while directing traffic on Main Street.

On Tuesday, September 19, 1916, he was directing traffic on Main Street near Bissell Street when he tried to divert a motorist driving on the wrong side of Main Street. While trying to redirect the errant vehicle, he was struck in the back by a second car. Chief Kappenberg was taken to Hartford Hospital where he died on Sunday, October 8, 1916.

Chief Kappenberg had served with the East Hartford Police Department for 19 years. He was survived by his wife and daughter.


  • Age 62
  • Tour 19 years
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Struck by vehicle
  • Incident Date Tuesday, September 19, 1916

directing traffic

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Chief Kappenburg, it has been 107 years since you were taken from us. New England law enforcement has continued to thrive, learn and become safer due to the traditions and sacrifices you, your family, and many others have made for us. Thank you for your law enforcement service.

Chief (Ret) Steven Marshall
Georges Mills, NH

October 8, 2023

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