Incident DetailsCause of Death:
Patrolman Edward Wiershing died after falling into an unprotected opening in the rear of the G.R. Call building while on foot patrol.
After reporting at a nearby callbox ten minutes earlier and checking the locks at the Baldwin Jewelry store, he was found at the foot of a darkened concrete stairway.
Patrolman Wiershing was pronounced dead from a broken neck and fractured skull moments after arriving at Gary General Hospital.
Another officer suffered serious injuries while on duty when he fell into the same opening a year earlier.
Patrolman Wiershing was survived by his wife, son, mother and brother.
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