unheralded hero

Police Officer edgar la venture

Death Classification: Line of Duty Death

Agency: Highland Park Police Department

Rank: Police Officer

Badge:  Unknown

Served: 1 Year

Unit of Assignment / Detail: Traffic Enforcement - Motorcycle Patrol

Location of Incident (Present Day): Woodward and Glendale Avenues, Highland Park, Michigan

Cause of Death: Motorcycle Crash

Age at Time of Death: 27


Date of Birth: 18 August 1892

Date of Appointment: Unknown

Date of Incident: 20 July 1920

End of Watch: 20 July 1920

Date of Interment: 22 July 1920


Unheralded Hero Investigation Began: 6 February 2021

Accepted By Agency: 25 November 2021

Approved By National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial: 2 February 2022


Interment Details

 Cemetery: Evergreen Cemtery, Detroit, Michigan
 Grave Location: Section 12 - Lot 558
 Interment Disposition: Burial



 Military Service: United States Army


Memorial Details

National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Wall: Panel 48 West Line 33

Officer Down Memorial Page: Listed

Memorial at the American Police Hall of Fame & Museum: Not Listed

Michigan Law Enforcement Officers Memorial: Not Listed

Michigan Fallen Heroes Memorial: Not Listed

Wayne County First Responders Memorial: Not Listed


Incident & Biographic Details

Patrolman Edgar La Venture was killed in a motorcycle crash at the intersection of Woodward Avenue and Glendale Avenue.

A truck that was driving in front of him swerved and slowed unexpectedly. Patrolman La Venture jumped from his motorcycle in an attempt to avoid a collision but he slid into the path of an oncoming car and was fatally struck.

Patrolman La Venture was a U.S. Army veteran of World War I and had served with the Highland Park Police Department for one year. He was survived by two sisters.