Today marks the anniversary of BPD Fallen Officer Richard E. Kunkle, End of Watch, September 22, 1961. Early this morning, Burbank Police Officers and the Burbank Poa placed a wreath at The Guardians statue in front of our station, honoring our fallen hero.
Officer Richard “Dick” E. Kunkle, Badge #46, was appointed as a Patrolman January 4, 1954. He was killed in the line of duty while riding a police motorcycle on September 22, 1961. Officer Kunkle was attempting to catch a motorist. He was entering Victory Boulevard from Orange Grove when he was struck by another vehicle.
Officer Kunkle had one of the longest motorcycle active service records, he also served four years in Anchorage, Alaska, before coming to Burbank. He served in the Armed Forces during World War II and was wounded at the Battle of the Bulge. Officer Kunkle’s name is forever carved on the wall at the National Law Enforcement Officer Memorial. Memorial Panel: 14-W: 10.