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Brown, Officer Otto G.

End of Watch: 
Wednesday, January 8, 1930
County: 
Whatcom
Agency: 
Bellingham P.D.

Officer Brown was on his way to work on March 5, 1929, riding a City of Bellingham issued police motorcycle with sidecar.  After turning off a side street, Officer Brown was struck from behind by a taxi cab.  The motorcycle was thrown into a nearby telephone pole where it crashed, throwing Officer Brown into the street.  Officer Brown was severely injured and confined to the hospital for several weeks.  Officer Brown recovered somewhat from his injuries and was able to return to work for a while, however, on January 8, 1930, he succumbed to complications from the collision.  According to the attending physician at the time of his death, Officer Brown died from apoplexy caused from high blood pressure brought about by the accident and a slight attack of pleurisy.