June 18, 1969, Officer Bird, 35, was involved
in an accident while pursuing a speeding
car on his motorcycle near 85th and Troost. Officer Bird struck the left front fender of a car that turned in front of him to enter Lakeside Hospital. He died on July 4, 1969 from severe brain injuries sustained in the accident.
Bird was survived by his wife and three
Article by Brent Marchant