Humr, Patrolman Frank

Policeman Profile

END OF WATCH:  October 29, 1965
Cleveland Police Department

Patrolman Frank Humr was appointed to the Cleveland Police Department on September 1, 1959. After spending a number of years working in basic patrol, Humr was assigned to the Traffic Bureau motorcycle unit.

On October 29, 1965, around 7:10 pm, Patrolman Humr was patrolling the Puritas Road area on his 1963 Harley Davidson police motorcycle and began to pursue a speeding motorist traveling westbound on Puritas at Valleyside Avenue. A 1959 Oldsmobile, traveling southbound on Valleyside made a left hand-turn in front of Humr. The motorcycle collided with the auto, throwing the officer to the pavement, killing him.

The driver of the Oldsmobile was charged with vehicular manslaughter.

Frank Humr’s name is inscribed on the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Wall, Washington, D.C. panel 44, west wall, line 9.

By P.O. Thomas Armelli & Det. James T. Farmer Cleveland Police Dept.