Policewoman
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:
Lake
Incident Township:
Calumet
Weapon Used:
None
Suspect Disposition:
None
Burial Place:
Calumet Park Cemetery, Merrillville

Share this Memorial
   

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

   She had just escorted three children across Broadway and was returning for several other children when she was struck by a car traveling southbound.

   The 35-year-old driver brought his car to a stop after dragging her some 50 feet. She died before the arrival of an ambulance having suffered a crushed skull and broken limbs.

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

Historical Notes

• Policewoman Lanham is the first known female law enforcement line of duty death in Indiana.
• She also is the sixth known female line of duty death in the United States.



View all fallen officers from the
Gary Police Department

Donate in memory of
Policewoman Lanham
Policewoman Pearl Agnes Lanham - Gary Police Department - INLEM.org