21 September 1915 - Patrolman HERBERT BITZEL, - Policeman killed by a fall Patrolman Bitzel tumbled from front platform of trolley car. Patrolman Herbert Bitzel, of the Northwestern district was killed by a fall from the front platform of and Edmondson Avenue car on Edmondson Avenue near Arlington Avenue early yesterday morning 20 September 1915. He was picked up unconscious by Frank Kapraun, the motorman, and several of his brother police officers and died in Western District ambulance while being taken to the Franklin Square hospital. Dr. George G Swann who examined him immediately upon his arrival to the hospital, city fracture at the base of the skull and caused his death. A short time after 4 o'clock yesterday morning Bitzel, with round Sgt. Davis, Sgt. Kaiss and several patrolman boarded the Edmondson Avenue car on their way home from duty. Bitzel, according to motorman Kapraun, announced that the step on the front platform, saying he was only going to write a short distance. A few minutes later Kapraun called back to the policeman in the car that Bitzel had fallen off. The car was brought to a stop and Bitzel was found lying face downward, bleeding from wounds on his face. Bitzel was 28 years old. He was appointed a probationary or in February, 1913 and a regular seven months ago. He patrolled the section near Lafayette market. Before entering the Police Department he was a fireman have been a member of both the number 19 Engine Company and number 10 truck company he is survived by a widow and five children (*5)

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End of Watch 21 September 1915
City, St. Edmondson Avenue near Arlington Avenue
Panel Number N/A
Cause of Death Fall
District Worked Northwestern

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