April 1st, 2014 by milwaukeepolice

DECEASED: July 3, 1909

It was reported as one of the worst storms ever to hit Milwaukee and it ultimately claimed the life of a Milwaukee Police Officer.  While trying to protect the lives of others by hoisting a broken electric wire up into a tree, Patrolman Peter Gauer, aged 27, was killed at 3:30 a.m. on July 3rd, 1909 on E. Ivanhoe Place, between N. Summit Avenue and N. Lake Drive.

Patrolman Gauer’s death was the result of a storm, which blew down the wire and left it swinging in the street. His body was discovered shortly after by a milkman delivering in the area.

Although Patrolman Gauer had been on the department for just two years, his efficiency as an officer had brought commendation from headquarters and it was stated that he was considered one of the most promising of the younger patrolmen.


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