Police Officer William J. Baumer

On this day in Baltimore Police History 25 January 1967 we lost our Brother Police Officer William J. Baumer to a heart attack on the job during a struggle based on the following:


Officer Baumer suffered a fatal heart attack Early 25 January 1967, as he attempted to arrest a 21-year-old man after a disturbance at a sandwich shop at the comer of Orleans Street and Patterson Park Avenue while struggling with a suspect that he was arrested he felt pain in his chest and collapsed.


It happened during the struggle when Patrolman Baumer was taking the young man to a police call box about a block and a half away, the suspect broke free after a brief struggle, as Officer Baumer started to give chase when he collapsed and crumpled to the sidewalk.

He was dead on arrival at Church Home and Hospital. An Autopsy showed that a heart attack was the cause of death. 


Patrolman William Baumer was 49 years of age at the time of his Death - A requiem mass was offered for William J. Baumer, at 9 A.M. Saturday at Sacred Heart. Catholic Church, 600 South Conkling Street. A veteran of twenty years on the force, he was born and raised in East Baltimore, and graduated from Patterson Park High "School Army Service In Europe” Patrolman Baumer joined the Baltimore Police Department in 1947 after serving in that Army tour which included duty in Europe during World War II

Baumer's survivors include two sisters: Mrs. Margaret Punte and Miss Barbara Baumer, and two brothers John Baumer and Germanus Baumer, Jr., all of Baltimore. We his brothers and sisters of the Baltimore Police Department will not let him be forgotten. God Bless and rest in Peace.

While struggling with an arrested suspect for a disturbance in a sandwich shop at Orleans Street and Patterson Park Avenue, Officer Baumer died of a heart attack. Officer Baumer was able to take the suspect to the nearest call box where he collapsed and the suspect broke free.

deviders our fallen


Copyright © 2002 Baltimore City Police History - Ret Det Kenny Driscoll

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Name Description
End of Watch 25 January, 1967
City, St. Baltimore, Orleans Street and Patterson Park Avenue
Panel Number 18-E: 15
Cause of Death Heart Attack
District Worked Eastern

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