KCPD Memorial   Lest We Forget
Sergeant
Eric O. Bjorkback
Kansas City, Missouri Police Department
End of Watch: Friday, August 18, 1933
Age: 57
DOB: July 4, 1876
Tour of Duty: 29 years
Date of incident: August 18, 1933
Cause of death: Vehicle accident; pursuit
 
Sergeant Bjorkback was killed after a 25-mile pursuit with robbery suspects. Sergeant Bjorkback and police chaeffeur L.E. Wyatt spotted a car matching the description of a vehicle used in three robberies the previous evening. and gave chase. After gunfire was exchanged near 87th Street and Raytown Road, Sergeant Bjorkback lost control of his car and crashed, overturning on the gravel road. L.E. Wyatt was injured and Sgt. Bjorkback was thrown from the vehicle. The cause of death was listed as a fractured skull. Robbery suspects John Muehlebach and Charles Frazier were apprehended in Rosebud, Missouri and made confessions of their crimes. Muehlebach was sentenced to 10 years for each of 9 counts of armed robbery to be served consecutively in the penitentiary.

Sergeant Bjorkback, 57, born in Sweden served with the Kansas City, MissouriPolice Department for 29 years. He was survived by his wife, Esther, and son, Willard. Interred: Mount Moriah Cemetery.

Article by Brent Marchant