END OF WATCH: November 26, 1921
Cleveland Police Department
On Friday, November 25, 1921, at midnight, while on foot patrol at E. 40th Street and Quincy Avenue, Patrolman Frank J. Koran and his partner witnessed three subjects robbing two citizens. As officers approached, the suspects fled on foot. Officers chased the suspects into a nearby yard with Koran entering the front while his partner circled around to the back.
While searching for the suspects, Koran was ambushed and gun fire was exchanged. Koran was shot eight times and died almost instantly. The suspects were gone by the time Koran’s partner or backup could arrive.
Officer Koran was survived by his wife, Rose, and children Robert, Pauline and Eleanore. Funeral services were held at the Koran residence on Morton Avenue and he was placed to rest at the Woodland Cemetery.
May 10, 1947, William Malloy, aka Henry Johnson, confessed to murdering Officer Koran.
Frank J. Koran’s name is inscribed on the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Wall, Washington, D.C. panel 63, west wall, line 8.
By Recruit Charles L. Gone, Cleveland Police Academy