David Rogers, on August 18, 1917, entered World War I. By the end of the war, November 1918, he had been promoted to the rank of Sergeant. After leaving the military, he joined the Covington Police Department. Patrolman Rogers assumed motorcycle duties.
On May 13, 1923, Motor Patrolman Rogers pursued a speeding vehicle on Madison Pike near the south end of the Buena Vista tunnel near 26th Street. He crossed the centerline to pass a bus, then a car, and then saw a vehicle coming head on. He applied the brakes hard, lost control of the motorcycle and fell to the ground. His head struck a curb and he was killed instantly. Then, another car ran over his body.
Patrolman Rogers was survived by his wife, Sylvia (Mullins) Rogers, and parents, Tinsley and Cora Rogers. The funeral was held at his residence at at 226 E. 2nd Street. The cortege was escorted by a platoon of police. The pallbearers were Lieutenant Al Schild and Patrolmen Frederick Gulick, Thomas Harris, George Moss, George Eilers, George Clark, and John Clark. He was buried in Highland Cemetery, Fort Mitchell.
Covington Lieutenant Pickett investigated the crash and found that the car Patrolman Rogers was pursuing swerved when Patrolman Rogers came along side and forced the crash. The offending car bore Ohio license plates and was never found. Coroner Stephens ruled that the officer was already deceased at that time he was run over by the other vehicle.
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This narrative was revised October 26, 2014 by Cincinnati Police Lieutenant Stephen R. Kramer (Retired), Greater Cincinnati Police Historical Society President, with research information provided by Cincinnati Homicide Detective Edward W. Zieverink III (Retired), Greater Cincinnati Police Museum Historian. All rights are reserved to them and the Greater Cincinnati Police Historical Society.