Patrolman Marshall R. Foster, 28, an emergency squad patrolman, was fatally injured on the night of July 4, 1947, when he was struck by a car as he was directing traffic during an apartment house fire at Michigan and Alabama Streets.
The driver of the car was William E. Keller, 22, of Albany, who witnesses said passed a truck making a left turn into Michigan Street from Alabama Street. Witnesses also said Keller was going at a high speed when he struck Officer Foster who was standing a few feet north of the intersection. Keller was held on a vagrancy charge. He admitted passing the truck, but said he did not see the officer.
Fellow policemen immediately applied the police inhalator until a City doctor arrived. Use of the inhalator was continued until arrival at the hospital where Officer Foster died about 15 minutes later.
Born in Greencastle, Indiana, and graduated from high school in 1937, Officer Foster was a veteran of four years' Army Service. He served most of the time with an engineer combat battalion in New Guinea. Officer Foster was appointed to the Police Department in April 1947. He requested duty on the emergency squad and had been at that post for just two weeks prior to his death.
A contingent of officers from the department accompanied Officer Foster's body to Greencastle for burial. He was survived by his wife, Nobia. Source: The Indianapolis Star, July 5 - 6, 1947.