Motorcycle Officer John F. Less

Motorcycle Officer John F. Less

St. Joseph Police Department, Missouri

End of Watch Monday, October 22, 1923

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John F. Less

Motorcycle Officer John Less was shot and killed by an ex-convict he was attempting to arrest at the intersection of 3rd Street and Felix Street.

The man was wanted for escaping from officers the previous day while he was being arrested for drunk and disorderly conduct.

The suspect was arrested, convicted of murder, and sentenced to life in prison on May 27th, 1924. He was paroled on January 20, 1953.

Officer Less had served with the St. Joseph Police Department for one year.


  • Age 38
  • Tour 1 year
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Incident Date Friday, October 19, 1923
  • Weapon Gun; Unknown type
  • Offender Paroled in 1953

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Your heroism and service is honored today, the 88th anniversary of your death. Your memory lives and you continue to inspire. Thank you for your service. My cherished son Larry Lasater was a fellow police officer murdered in the line of duty on April 24, 2005 while serving as a Pittsburg, CA police officer.

Your sacrifice was made so many years ago. Evil was, is, and will be a part of life just as goodness such as yours will also be present.

Rest In Peace

Phyllis Loya
mom of fallen officer Larry Lasater. Pittsburg Police Dept., eow 4/24

October 22, 2011

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