Pearl Agnes Lanham
Gary Police Department
Wednesday, March 12, 1930

Age: 33
Served: 2 months
Badge #:
Panel 50W, Line 18
Panel L26, Line 3

Incident Details

Cause of Death:
Struck by vehicle
Date/Time of Incident:
Wednesday, March 12, 1930
02:30 pm
Incident to Death Duration:
Same day
Incident Location:
39th Avenue and Broadway, Gary
Incident County:
Incident Township:
Weapon Used:

Suspect Disposition:

Burial Place:
Calumet Park Cemetery, Merrillville

   Policewoman Pearl Lanham was struck and killed by a car after assisting children cross a street near the Glen Park Elementary School.

   Policewoman Lanham had just escorted three children across Broadway and was returning for several other children when she was struck by a car traveling southbound. She was dragged some 50 feet before the driver brought his car to a stop, resulting in her suffering a crushed skull and broken limbs, and died before the arrival of an ambulance.

   Policewoman Lanham was survived by her husband, four young daughters, mother, sister and three brothers.

   Policewoman Lanham is the first known female law enforcement officer killed in the line of duty in the state of Indiana. Historically, she is the sixth known female line of duty death in the United States.

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