KCPD Memorial   Lest We Forget
Police Officer
John Wesley Leiter
Kansas City, Missouri Police Department
End of Watch: Thursday, December 16, 1926
Age: 27
DOB: April 16, 1899
Date of incident: December 15, 1926
Cause of death: Motorcycle accident; skull fracture

On December 15, 1926, Officer John W. Leiter was riding his motorcycle on Twenty-third Street. Nearing the intersection of 23rd Street and Park Avenue, he struck a pothole and was thrown to the pavement. He was taken to St. Luke's Hospital, suffering from a skull fracture. Officer Leiter died at the hospital, on December 16, 1926.

Officer Leiter, born in Marion, Kansas, was survived by his brother, George. Parents: Charles & Margaret Leiter. Interred: Mount Moriah Cemetery.

Article by Brent Marchant