Motorcycle Officer Raymond Bauer #141. Ray
entered the RFPD on June 1, 1948 and retired on January 31, 1969. Ray retired to Arizona where he lives today.
Motorcycle Officer Bernard Gerard. In his backyard on Washington Blvd.
Officer Robert Fredenberg and
Officer Frank Schoff in motorcycle uniforms with Sam Browne Belts, taken 1947. Officer Fredenberg left the department
on September 8, 1947 after serving less than 15 months.
Detective George Strauch alongside 1968
Dodge Squad #108. Lt Frank Schoff in squad.George entered on the
department on October 1, 1954. He retired as a Sergeant on November 15, 1977. He returned as desk operator #195 on December
16, 1981 and passed away on June 10, 1992. George served in WWII in the US Army in Co. 1, 157th Infantry, 45th
Div., and became a POW in Germany after being shot in the leg. George said that the German doctors operated on him and saved
him because they noticed his German name.
Motorcycle Officer Richard Martin #162. Dick
entered the PD on June 1, 1946 and on February 10, 1951 he left the department (at $296 per month) “for private industry
because of shorter hours, higher pay and daytime work”.
Motorcycle Officer Carl Bangert.
Public Walk-up to the Police Desk as it appeared until a new building was contructed in 1969
Officer Charles Broehl and
Officer Frank Sasgen, probably 1940s in Chief’s office. Officer
Sasgen started with River Forest as a civilian desk operator in the early 1940s and his
official entry date onto the police department was unclear because he had some problems with passing the medical entry
exams and was re-assigned to the desk for a while. The pension board ultimately deemed he was eligible for a pension after
January 10, 1967
Polaroid snapshot between 1958 and 1963 of Sergeant
Ralph Marsh, Lieutenant Frank Bramhall and Officer John Kessler. Lt Bramhall served on the PD for 40 years. He was
a founding trustee of the RF FOP lodge. He retired in 1965 and passed away in 1993. Lt John Kessler retired in 1977 after
serving for 25 years. He recently celebrated his 90th birthday
Officer Charles Broehl
receives class certificate from FBI agent George McSwain (agent-in-charge
of Chicago Office) as Chief Soderlin looks on. To the far right is FBI Agent Harry Schwartz. February 6th 1947
Officers Orlow Stensby and Joseph Welsh pose
next to squad on a winter day in the 1940’s
left to right: Officer Dick Martin, Officer Chas Broehl. Standing: Sgt. Les Watson and possibly Officer Oliver Schultz.
Probably late 1940’s
This is possibly Officer Oliver
Schultz, late 1940s. Olle was a founding member of the RF FOP Lodge in 1929. He retired in 1949, was earning $3303 a year and received a
pension of $136 a month. Officer Schultz passed away on November 4, 1971.
“Police Nab Pair After Bullet Punctuated
Chase”-reads the headline on August 28, 1942.Arrested
(with warning shots) were two subjects who were discovered committing an auto theft and had admitted other thefts, burglaries
and armed robberies. Pictured on the ramp, in front of the PD, that night are from left to right: Lieutenant Joseph
Welch, arrestee, Officer Gordon Koesche and Officer Albert “Jack” Berry.
Officers Richard A. Rehmer and Arthur J.
Willing at the rear of the PD in 1953. Richard Rehmer #166 entered the RFPD on April
15th 1949 and received a disability pension due to heart conditions on April 1st 1963
|Chicago Daily News Photo
|Less Watson 1929