A strike by union
street car workers was under way in Kansas
City, when the mayor called on the police
department for assistance. Two hundred
uniformed officers were assigned to guard
duty, with reserves of officers and the
7th regiment on standby. Beginning on
December 13, 1918, the officers were to
function as guards for the crews and patrols
with each car carrying two officers. Officers
Frank Mansfield and George Stiver were
assigned to street car #1119. Later that
day the street car's air brakes failed
as it traveled the Twelfth Street viaduct.
The car jumped the track near Liberty
Street and crashed into the Union Pacific
Freight Building. Officer Stiver, who
was riding at the front of the car, was
uninjured. Officer Mansfield, who was
at the rear of the car, suffered massive
injuries in the crash. Two passengers
died at the scene and many more were injured.
Officer Mansfield was taken to General
Hospital where he died of his injuries
on December 16, 1918.
Officer Mansfield, 42, had been a member of
the department only eight months when
he was killed. Officer Mansfield was survived by his wife, Ruth.
Interred: Odessa Cemetery, Odessa, Missouri.
Article by Brent Marchant