In Remembrance Of Patrol Driver Charles C Platner

Patrol Driver Charles C. Platner
Council Bluffs Police Department
End of Watch Sunday, September 3, 1905

Patrolman Platner was accidentally shot and killed when his partner’s gun fell from its holster and discharged during a foot pursuit. The two officers had responded to a burglary and encountered the suspect, who fled on foot. The two officers chased the man and as his partner climbed a fence his revolver fell from its holster, struck the ground, and discharged. The round struck Platner in the chest. He was transported to General Hospital where he died of his wound the next day.

Patrolman Platner was an active and faithful officer who knew no such emotion as fear.  The Daily Nonpareil described him as “one of the nerviest men on the police force.”  Platner was the son of Mr. and Mrs. Ira Platner, pioneer residents of Council Bluffs and was survived by his three children.  Platner is buried in Memorial Park Cemetery.