April 1st, 2014 by milwaukeepolice

APPOINTED: January 3, 1922

DECEASED: February 23, 1932

Patrolman Robert Bahlke died on February 23, 1932, as a result of injuries sustained after being stuck by a car a month earlier.

On January 14, Patrolman Bahlke was directing traffic on the 16th Street viaduct at the Plankinton Street approach. It was a very cold and rainy winter night. The driver of the striking vehicle stated he did not see Patrolman Bahlke due to his vision being obscured by the rain.

Patrolman Bahlke was rushed to St. Joseph’s Hospital and was diagnosed with a fractured left hip. On February 23, Patrolman Bahlke died from complications developed from the original injury.

Patrolman Bahlke was 45-years-old and had served with the Milwaukee Police for ten years. He was married with two daughters.



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