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Memorial to Lester M. Kidwell

Officer Killed in the Line of Duty

Date of Death: July 11, 1918
Rank: Officer
Years of Service: Seven months
Location of Death: Montana and Oates Streets, NE


On July 10, 1918, Officer Kidwell checked off at midnight from the Third Precinct. Approximately two hours later Officer Kidwell was asking for help from a call box at Montana and Oates Streets, NE.

It was learned that while off duty, Officer Kidwell fell through a skylight and cut his neck, while trying to apprehend a chicken thief. Officer Kidwell was unconscious when found and died from loss of blood. 



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