KCPD Memorial   Lest We Forget
Police Officer
Robert Delaine Edmunds
Kansas City, Missouri Police Department
End of Watch: Sunday, January 23, 1949
Age: 21
DOB: October 27, 1927
Tour of Duty: 5 months
Cause of death: Motor vehicle accident, motorcycle
Suspect information:
Officer Edmunds was killed when his motorcycle was struck by a car making a left turn at the corner of 29th Street and Prospect Avenue. He was pronounced dead at Menorah Hospital. Cause of death was listed as fractured ribs and injury to the hemopneumothorax.

Officer Edmunds was a probationary policeman had volunteered to work overtime at the Gene Autry concert held at the Municipal Auditorium. He was scheduled to go off duty at 3:00 p.m. but a fire in downtown Kansas City created a shortage of officers so he worked late. He was on his way home on his police motorcycle when he was fatally injured as he was propelled through a snowbank and struck a light pole.

Officer Edmunds, 21, was with the Kansas City Police Department for five months and was survived by his wife, Jean C. Edmunds.
Interred: Mt. Moriah Cemetery.


Article by Brent Marchant