Incident DetailsCause of Death:
Officer John Springer died after he fell from a railroad bridge while on patrol.
As he and another officer patrolled the Union Passenger Depot, at 2nd and South streets, he left to check the Monon Railroad crossing of the Big Four tracks.
Approximately an hour later, Officer Springer had not returned to the depot and the other officer blew his patrol whistle to try to contact him but was unsuccessful.
When the other officer and a captain went to search for Officer Springer, they found him at 2:30 am near the Monon Railroad Bridge. It appeared he had fallen from the bridge and died from a crushed skull.
Officer Springer was single and survived by his parents.