KCPD Memorial   Lest We Forget
Police Officer
William Arthur Spangler
Kansas City, Missouri Police Department
End of Watch: Friday, September 8, 1916
Age: 36
DOB: December 5, 1879
Tour: 2 years
Cause of death: Gunfire
Date of incident: Septemer 5, 1916
 
On September 5, 1916, Officers William A. Spangler and C.E. Bricker were involved in a struggle with Glenn White, a train porter, at 28th and Harrison Streets, when Bricker was injured and Officer Spangler was fatally wounded by a blackjack. Officer Spangler died of his wounds September 8, 1916, at St. Mary's Hospital.

Officer Spangler became a probationary patrolman May 21, 1914, and a regular patrolman in 1915. He worked out of the Walnut Street station in plain clothes at the time of his death, and had been active in catching holdup men and in vice raids. He was with the police department for two years.

Officer William Arthur Spangler, 30, was survived by his wife.
Interred: Forest Hill Cemetery.


Article by Brent Marchant