Officer Killed in the Line of Duty
Date of Death: August 8, 1931
Years of Service: Nine years six months
Marital Status: Married
Location of Death: 3000 Connecticut Avenue, NW
While a passenger in Emergency Car #56, Officer Gelhar and his partner were responding to 2812 Connecticut Avenue, NW, for a homicide call. As the police car was going south on Connecticut Avenue a motorman was in front of them with sirens activated. Citizens moved out of the way for the motorman but did not expect a car to follow. As the police car reached the National Zoo a vehicle turned in front of them, causing an accident. The police car flipped into the air. Officer Gelhar suffered a skull fracture and died the following day.
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