Police Officer Frank J. Ahern

Photo of Police Officer Frank J. Ahern
End of Watch: Mon, Oct 10th, 1904
Date of Incident: Mon, Sep 5th, 1904
Cause of Death: Gunfire (Accidental)
Service Time: 5 years
Age: 27


He was survived by his wife.


Police Officer Frank Ahern was accidentally shot and killed with his own weapon while using a patrol call box at Euclid and Fountain in the Tenth District.

He threw his night stick over his shoulder, which struck the hammer on his gun and caused it to discharge, striking him in the leg. He was expected to make a recovery but blood poisoning set in. He was advised that he would have to have his leg amputated in order to save his life. Officer Ahern refused the amputation and as a result died from the wound 35 days after the incident.

Information obtained from the Officer Down Memorial Page.


Saint Louis Metropolitan Police Department Patch
1200 Clark Avenue
St. Louis, Missouri 63103
(314) 231-1212


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