Night Policeman John Glissman | Greendale

Glissman Grave PAGE (2)Age: 56
Served: 10 months
February 1942 to December 19, 1942


John Glissman worked at the Lawrenceburg Roller Mill untiI it was destroyed by fire. During February 1942 he was appointed Night Policeman for Greendale.

At 2:30 a.m. on December 19, 1942, he attempted to flag down a driver on Ridge Avenue to warn him that one of his headlights was not working. The car was occupied by a 19-year-old drunken driver, Donald Hollowell, and six companions. Hollowell, either purposefully or accidentally, ran into the officer. After the intial contact, the windshield struck Policeman Glissman’s head, fracturing his skull and killing him.

Night Policeman Glissman was survived by his wife, Gertrude Glissman (44); daughter, Betty Glissman (11); father, John Glissman; and siblings, Harry Gllissman, Max Glissman, Mrs. Rosa Corbin, Mrs. Rachel Hoover, Mrs. Clara Morling, Mrs. Frances Meister, and Mrs. Nina Brown. He was buried in Greendale Cemetery. Gertrude joined him 36 years later in 1978.

Donald Hollowell was charged with manslaughter, but acquitted by a jury. He died of natural causes in 1986.

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This narrative was written on December 15, 2010 by Cincinnati Police Lieutenant Stephen R. Kramer, Greater Cincinnati Police Historical Society President, based mostly on information provided from research conducted by Chris McHenry of Lawrenceburg, Indiana. All rights are reserved to them and the Greater Cincinnati Police Historical Society.