Officer Lester M. Kidwell

Officer Lester M. Kidwell

Metropolitan Police Department, District of Columbia

End of Watch Thursday, July 11, 1918

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Lester M. Kidwell

Officer Lester Kidwell died when he fell through a skylight while investigating suspicious activity near his home on Neal Street.

He had just reported off duty at approximately midnight and arrived home at 1:00 am. He heard a dog barking, and went to investigate due to a recent rash of thefts from the area. He climbed onto the roof of a shed in the backyard of 1161 Neal Street, NE, but slipped through the skylight and suffered a deep cut to his jugular.

Despite the injury he was able to make it to a call box at Montello Avenue and Otis Place and requested assistance. He was able to tell responding officers what happened just before losing consciousness. A witness told officers she saw the suspected thief run through the alley behind the home just before Officer Kidwell fell.

Officer Kidwell had served with the Metropolitan Police Department for seven months. He was survived by his wife. He was buried in Ivy Hill Cemetery in Laurel, Maryland.


  • Age 31
  • Tour 7 months
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Fall

off duty, suspicious activity

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Thank you for your service and please know that no passage of time will ever erase your sacrifice. Rest in peace always.

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Delaware State Police (Retired)

July 11, 2020

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