Officer Edgar Lewis Dye | Middletown Police Department

Police Officer Edgar Dye

Age 35
Served:  1¼ years
January 1, 1912, to March 21, 1913



On December 4, 1912, Officer Dye pursued a suspect into a barn and then up into a hayloft.  After apprehending the suspect and while descending the ladder, a rung broke.  Officer Dye fell and fractured his femur.  He was taken to Mercy Hospital in Hamilton and admitted.



By February 1913, gangrene set into the leg and doctors amputated his leg.  It was too, late.  He died three weeks later on March 21, 1913.

Officer Dye left a wife, Emma (37) Dye, and three children, one of which was Howard Dye (10).  He was buried on March 24, 1913 in Woodside Cemetery in Middletown.



During 1912, the Middletown Police Department employed eight patrolmen.  By 1939, three had died in line of duty deaths.


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This narrative was researched and revised on November 23, 2012 by retired Cincinnati Lieutenant Stephen R. Kramer.  All rights are reserved to him and the Greater Cincinnati Police Historical Society.