Detective Douglas Chamblin

Photo of Detective Douglas Chamblin
End of Watch: Fri, Oct 14th, 1927
Date of Incident: Thu, Sep 29th, 1927
Cause of Death: Structural Collapse
Service Time: 7 years
Age: 36


He was survived by his wife and four children.


Detective Chamblin and Detective Sergeant Edward Schaaf were killed when a portion of a building collapsed on them during a tornado. The officers were on patrol when they saw the tornado forming and attempted to take cover. As they were trying to get under the rear of their car the building collapsed crushing both of them. Detective Sergeant Schaaf was killed at the scene and Detective Chamblin succumbed to his injuries 15 days later.

Information obtained from the Officer Down Memorial Page.


Saint Louis Metropolitan Police Department Patch
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St. Louis, Missouri 63103
(314) 231-1212


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