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William D. Crane

Name:  William Dennis Crane

Date of Birth:  1916

Date of Death:  09/12/1953

Location of Death:  Baltimore, Maryland

 

 

CIRCUMSTANCES OF DEATH

During the late evening hours, Special Agents William Crane, W. L. Riley, E. J. Miller and L. E. Lorfing were conducting surveillance in the S. Pasca Street area of Baltimore.  The agents observed a suspect trying to sell liquor and moved in to arrest him.   Agent Crane had to sprint a considerable distance and then struggled with the suspect, who was attempting to flee.

Shortly thereafter, Agent Crane complained of chest pains and was taken to Mercy Hospital in Baltimore, where he was admitted for further tests.  However, less than one hour later he died.  Death was attributed to a heart condition, aggravated by the stress of making the arrest.

BACKGROUND

Agent Crane joined the Alcohol Tax Unit on 1/30/1948, although his government service dated back to 1942.  He was assigned to various field offices at Chicago, Washington and Baltimore.  In May 1953, Agent Crane received a commendation from the Director for the successful investigation and prosecution of a major illicit liquor case.

PERSONAL

Agent Crane was born in Indianapolis, IN.  He was survived by his wife; Sallye.