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He was the first Sacramento motorcycle officer killed in line of duty; 81 years later, he’s officially honored

Officer Frank Lungershausen, who died Dec. 27, 1935, was the first Sacramento police motorcycle officer fatality, according to the Sacramento Police Department.
Officer Frank Lungershausen, who died Dec. 27, 1935, was the first Sacramento police motorcycle officer fatality, according to the Sacramento Police Department. Sacramento Police Department

A Sacramento police officer considered to be the first motorcycle officer in the department to be killed in the line of duty has been honored 81 years after his death.

Officer Frank Lungershausen has been posthumously paid tribute at the Sacramento Police and Sheriff’s Memorial ceremony in Woodlake Park. A ceremony was held Thursday in which Lungershausen and others were honored.

About 500 law enforcement officers and their family and friends watched as department leaders took turns calling out the names of local law enforcement officers who died in the line of duty.

The somber event marked the 15th year of the tribute to the fallen officers.

Lungershausen died Dec. 27, 1935. He had put in a full shift that day and was heading to his Oak Park home on his department motorcycle when he was struck by another motorist.

Other officers found Lungershausen, 38, and rushed him to the hospital. He died of his injuries, leaving a wife and two daughters.

Then-police Chief William Hallanan declared his death as having occurred in the line of duty. A recent Police Department news release said Lungershausen was the first Sacramento police motorcycle officer fatality.

Afterward, there was a department-hosted funeral. The funeral included a procession to East Lawn cemetery, where the Navy veteran was buried.

However, he was not enrolled at the memorial in Woodlake Park until recently. In addition to the local honor, Lungershausen will be honored at the National Memorial in Washington, D.C., on May 13 with relatives present.

Bill Lindelof: 916-321-1079, @Lindelofnews

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