Patrolman John Schroeder | Cincinnati Police Department

scan-to-mymailgmail-com_20160927_115803_001Age: 42
Served: 15 years
June 1, 1886 to August 17, 1901


On August 17, 1901, about 8 a.m., 8th District Sergeant Brinkman dispatched Patrolman Schroeder, of 551 Ringgold Street, to a report of a downed Edison Company electrical wire at Charlton and Zeltner in Corryville. It seems that several kite tails had, over time, been caught up in the wires and one wire burned through and fell to the ground.

Upon arrival, Patrolman Schroeder decided to move the wire to a safer location using his wooden nightstick. While carrying the wire toward the attached utility pole, the wire slipped down on his nightstick and made contact with his hand. He was unable to let go as he was electrocuted. An onlooker knocked the nightstick from the policeman’s grasp and others carried him to the home of Fred Dickman at the corner of Jefferson and Charlton.

The Police Surgeon Carson and Dr. Miller responded. They worked hard to save his life, but he died about 9:30 a.m.

Upon hearing of Patrolman Schroeder’s death, Colonel Philip Deitsch relieved Patrolman Fred Schroeder of his duty in order to assist his brother’s family.

Besides his brother, Patrolman Schroeder was survived by his wife, Augusta Schroeder(42), and four sons, Harry Schroeder (18), Leonard Schroeder (14), Charles Schroeder (11), and George Schroeder (9), and his aging parents. He was escorted by a company of officers on August 19, 1901, to his burial place in Walnut Hills Cemetery. His wife joined him there 42 years later in 1943.

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This narrative was researched and revised on August 24, 2012 by Cincinnati Police Lietuenant Stephen R. Kramer (Retired), Greater Cincinnati Police Historical Society President with assistance from Cincinnati Homicide Detective Edward W. Zieverink (Retired), Greater Cincinnati Police Museum Historian. All rights are reserved to them and the Greater Cincinnati Police Historical Society.