KCPD Memorial   Lest We Forget
Police Officer
Richard Vance Reeves
End of Watch: Wednesday, October 2, 1957
Incident date: September 24, 1957
Age: 33
DOB: February 12, 1924
Tour of Duty: 3 years
Badge #:
Cause of death:
Suspect information: Sentenced to life
On September 21, 1957 at approximately 2:55 p.m., Officer Reeves was traveling eastbound on 9th Street at Prospect when a truck ran the red light from the south and struck Officer Reeves' motorcycle, sending the officer to the hospital with severe head injuries and several broken bones. Officer Reeves died from his injuries on October 2, 1957 at Mennorah Hospital.

Officer Reeves, 33, had been with the Kansas City Police Department for three years and was survived by his wife, Ethel Reeves, and son. Interment was at Mound Grove Cemetery.

Article by Brent Marchant