Assistant Chief Henry Frederick Brinkmeyer | Middletown Police Department

Age:     64
Served: 39 years
May 10, 1900 to October 29, 1939



Henry was born July 18, 1875 in Ohio to German immigrant farmers William and Charlotte Brinkmeyer.

Henry joined the Middletown Police Department as a patrolman on May 10, 1900.  Six months later, on November 28, 1900, he married Katherine Brady in Butler County.  By late 1939, he had served Middletown almost forty years.



Assistant Chief Brinkmeyer was returning from a disturbance call on October 29, 1939 when a taxi driver offered him a ride to the Middletown police station.  While on Central Avenue, a vehicle driven by a 28-year-old Middletown resident ran a stop sign at Clinton Street and the two vehicles collided at 2:20 a.m.  Assistant Chief Brinkmeyer was seriously injured and rushed to the Middletown Hospital.



He died of a fractured skull at 5 p.m.

Assistant Chief Brinkmeyer was survived by his wife of almost 39 years, Katherine Brinkmeyer, and children, Helen Brinkmeyer (37) and Robert Brinkmeyer (34).  He was buried in Woodside Cemetery on November 1, 1939.


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© This narrative was revised December 12, 2018 by Cincinnati Police Lieutenant Stephen R. Kramer (Retired), Greater Cincinnati Police Museum Archivist.  All rights are reserved to him and the Greater Cincinnati Police Museum.