Served: 39 years
November 14, 1907 to January 23, 1947
On January 23, 1947, Detective Seebohm left his home at 1752 Cedar Avenue in his assigned, city-owned Chevrolet and drove toward Detective Headquarters, traveling south on Hamilton Avenue, then south on Apple Street in Northside. Meanwhile, William K. Carpenter of Dexter Avenue in Lockland was driving a Valley bus west on Cooper Street. Detective Seebohm was into the intersection some 22½ feet at 7:35 a.m. when the speeding bus struck his vehicle. The resulting collision destroyed Detective Seebohm’s vehicle and forced both vehicles onto the sidewalk at 1629 Cooper. Detective Seebohm suffered traumatic injuries and was dead on arrival at the General Hospital.
Captain Elbert, Highway Safety Bureau, conducted the investigation and charged Carpenter with failing to yield to the detective’s right of way and Reckless Driving.
Detective Seebohm was survived by his wife, Sadie (58), a daughter (37) and his siblings: Alma, Lawrence, Cincinnati Police Major John S. Seebohm (RET), Emma, and Eva. He was buried in Section 115, Lot 397, Grave 1, Spring Grove Cemetery. Sadie joined her husband one day shy of five years later in 1952. Major Seebohm marched in every Cincinnati Police Memorial Parade until he died at 94 years of age in 1973.
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This narrative was researched and revised January 18, 2013 by Cincinnati Police Lieutenant Stephen R. Kramer (Retired), Greater Cincinnati Police Historical Society President. All rights are reserved to him and the Greater Cincinnati Police Historical Society.