Arthur F. Barrows
Skip Ribbon Commands
Skip to main content
Officer Arthur F. Barrows - Died June 4, 1911

Arthur F. Barrows

Officer Arthur F. Barrows, 31, a bicycle officer out of the Northwest Police Substation, died on June 4, 1911, at 1000 Indiana Avenue.  A live wire had blown down after a storm.  When Officer Barrows and his teammate, Officer John Kitzmiller, arrived on the scene, children were near the wire.  Having at one time been an electrician, Officer Barrows tried to tie the wire around the pole from which it had fallen.  The wire slipped and struck the officer's right hand, and Officer Barrows fell to the sidewalk. 

Attempts to revive Officer Barrows were made by a number of spectators, among whom was Lon McClure, a former saloon keeper and recognized enemy of the bicycle officer.  Officer Barrows was taken from the scene by ambulance, but died just as the ambulance reached the hospital entrance. 

Officer Barrows had been appointed to the Department on June 3, 1907, and served as a patrolman until April 9, 1909, when he was made a bicycle man.

Services were held at the home of Officer Barrows' brother with burial at Crown Hill Cemetery.

Source:  The Indianapolis News, Monday, June 5, 1911; The Indianapolis Star, June 5 and 8, 1911.