John Holzknecht

End of Watch: Wednesday, January 13, 1937

Biographical Info

Age: 65

Tour of Duty: 20 years

Rank: Corporal

Assignment: Patrol

Badge Number: Not available

Incident Details

Cause of Death: Pulmonary embolism

Date of Incident: November 15, 1936

Incident Location: Everett Avenue and Slaughter Avenue (Patterson Avenue)

Weapon Used: Not applicable

Case Status: Closed

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Corporal John Holzknecht succumbed to injuries sustained on November 15, 1936, when he was involved in a vehicle crash at the intersection of Everett Avenue and Slaughter Avenue (modern day Patterson Avenue).

The police car that Corporal Holzknecht was a passenger in overturned after colliding with a milk truck at the intersection. The driver of the truck was charged with failure to yield right of way.

Corporal Holzknecht was transported to City Hospital where he stayed for several days before being sent home to recuperate. His condition continued to worsen and he died on January 13, 1937, without having returned to duty.

Corporal Holzknecht was a Spanish-American War veteran and had served with the Louisville Division of Police Department for 20 years. He is survived by his wife, four (4) sisters, and two (2) brothers.

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