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Officer Everett Luke Dutcher

On July 31, 1945, Everett Luke Dutcher was serving as a police officer with the Cedar Falls Police Department.  Officer Dutcher responded to a fire call in the city when the fire truck he was traveling in was struck by a train at a railroad crossing.  Two firefighters were also in the vehicle.  Officer Dutcher was thrown from the fire truck and struck his head, sustaining severe head injuries.  Officer Dutcher died at the scene.  Both firefighters were injured but survived.  The driver testified that he did not hear the train whistle due to the fire truck’s emergency siren. 

At the time of his death, Officer Dutcher had served for a total of four years as a law enforcement officer.

E.O.W. July 31, 1945

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Created: 02-07-2006
Last Updated: 10-09-2006 (JLR)