KCPD Memorial   Lest We Forget
Police Officer
William Franklin Koger
Kansas City, Missouri Police Department
End of Watch: Sunday, November 23, 1913
Age: 53
DOB: October 11, 1860
Tour: 25 years
Cause of death: Gunfire
Date of incident: November 22, 1913

On November 22, 1913, Officer Koger was on a stake out with two officers of the Missouri Pacific Railroad, near the railroad tracks at the Frisco crossing at 45th and Brighton. Missouri Pacific freight cars had been robbed several nights in a row, prior to the stakeout. When the five robbers were confronted by the three officers, Kansas City Officer Koger accompanied by railroad officers C.M. Barger and W.H. Roulit, a gun battle ensued. Officer Koger fired one shot, was shot in the neck and died on November 23, 1913 at 11:40 am at South Side Hospital. Governor Major offered a $200 reward for the arrest of the box car robbers who killed officer Koger.

Officer Koger, 53, was a 25 year veteran of the police department. Officer Koger had resigned from the department on July 30, 1910 but was recommissioned on July 31, 1913. During the hiatus from the department, Officer Koger worked as a house detective for the Hotel Baltimore.
Interred: Mount Washington Cemetery.

Article by Brent Marchant