KCPD Memorial   Lest We Forget
Police Officer
Homer Lee Darling
Kansas City, Missouri Police Department
End of Watch: Saturday, August 26, 1911
Age: 25
DOB: July 19, 1886
Cause of death: Vehicle accident, motorcycle
 

On August 26, 1911, Officer Darling, O.E. Johnson, and A.E. Mitchell were responding to handle a burglary call at approximately 11:30 pm. Officer Johnson was about a 1/2 block ahead of the others, passed a buggy without any difficulty. Officer Mitchell was the next to reach the buggy but did not observe it until he was almost upon it. Officer Mitchell struck one of the buggy's rear wheels at 17th and Prospect. Officer Darling was directly behind Officer Mitchell, crashed into the buggy, and was thrown from his motorcycle at the intersection of 17th and Prospect. Officer Darling was taken to General Hospital in critical condition.

Officer Darling, 25, was survived by his wife. He was pronounced dead at General Hospital. The cause of his death was attributed to a fractured skull sustained in the accident. Interred: Elmwood Cemetery.