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 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.

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