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LAPD Street Signs – 1940s


Officer George Robert Colvin
(May 4, 1891 – Aug. 18, 1941)


Cause of death: Officer Colvin died as the result of a motorcycle accident.

Location of sign: South side of Exposition Boulevard, west of Figueroa Street, at the pedestrian crosswalk


Officer Joseph English Daniels
(July 9, 1902 – Sept. 24, 1941)


Cause of death: Officer Daniels died as the result of an automobile accident.

Location of sign: Southwest corner of West 52nd and South Main streets.


Officer Warren Gamel Chamberlain
(Sept. 13, 1914 – Dec. 25, 1941)


Cause of death: Officer Chamberlain died as the result of a motorcycle accident.

Location of sign: Northeast corner of Colorado Boulevard and Ellenwood Drive


Officer Lee Newton Bunch
(Jan. 23, 1897 – March 8, 1942)


Cause of death: Officer Bunch was shot and killed during an attempted robbery.

Location of sign: Los Angeles Police Academy


Officer James Oscar Summers
(July 30, 1894 – March 4, 1944)


Cause of death: Officer Summers died after suffering a heart attack while attempting to break up a fight among prisoners at the Central Police Station.

Location of sign: Southeast corner of Hill and West 1st streets


Sgt. Charles Howard Bridgeman
(July 29, 1901 – March 16, 1945)


Cause of death: Sgt. Bridgeman was accidentally shot and killed while unloading a suspect’s handgun.

Location of sign: Northwest corner of South San Pedro and East 2nd streets


Officer Isaac L. Lankford
(March 19, 1914 – Oct. 14, 1945)


Cause of death: Officer Lankford died as the result of a motorcycle accident.

Location of sign: Southwest corner of East Washington Boulevard and Hooper Avenue


Officer John Wyatt "Jack" Harris
(Dec. 10, 1910 – Feb. 1, 1946)


Cause of death: Officer Harris was shot and killed by a gambling suspect.

Location of sign: Northeast corner of West Cesar E. Chavez Avenue and Hill Street, beneath the overpass


Reserve Officer George Booker Mogle
(Aug. 31, 1900 – Aug. 7, 1946)


Cause of death: Reserve Officer Mogle was shot while questioning a suspected prowler.

Location of sign: Southwest corner of Slauson and Buckler avenues


Officer Frederick S. Wales
(June 10, 1921 – Oct. 7, 1947)


Cause of death: Officer Wales died as the result of a motorcycle accident.

Location of sign: Northwest corner of Sunset Boulevard and North Vermont Avenue


Officer John W. Naccarato
(April 17, 1922 – Dec. 5, 1947)


Cause of death: Officer Naccarato was shot and killed by a burglary suspect.

Location of sign: Northeast corner of West 52nd Street and 11th Avenue, near Crenshaw High School



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