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Killed in the Line of Duty 59 Years Ago Today


SALT LAKE CITY—The Salt Lake City Police Department today remembers the loss of one its own: Officer Harold A. Peterson, Jr., killed in the line of duty October 27, 1954.

Peterson was killed in a traffic accident. At approximately 10 a.m., the 54-year-old officer was patrolling on his three-wheel motorcycle. As he entered the intersection of 1300 South and 1300 East, a vehicle driven by an elderly man turned in front of him.

In the collision, Officer Peterson was knocked from his motorcycle, dragged more than 30 feet and pinned beneath the vehicle. He died of severe head trauma.

Officer Peterson was married and the father of a son, who later became a Salt Lake City Police Officer. He is buried at Wasatch Lawn Memorial Park.

If you have photos or stories of Officer Peterson to share, please email or call (801) 799-3340. To learn more about our Fallen Officers, please visit