Merced Police DepartmentPD Gerald Edward Leap 2 (11-19-1946)

End Of Watch: November 19, 1946

Police Sergeant Edward G. Leap, 49, died Nov 19, 1946 of injuries suffered when his automobilewas struck and demolished by a Santa Fe freight locomotive at the K street crossing. Sgt.Leap had been a member of the Merced Police force since 1939. He had beenassigned to the plain clothes detail.

Edward Gerald Leap was born in Spring Hill, Iowa, on 12 Jan 1897. He was the 3 rd child of Edward [Edwin] Leap and Katherine N. Yount . OnMarch 2, 1918 he married Emma T. Tittle, the daughter ofCharles and Delphi Tittle. He and Emma werethe parents of four children; Edward, Francis, Mary Jo and Kenneth.

Sgt. Leap was a Veteranof World War 1, 198 Air SQ., School of Military Aeronautics. Enlisted Nov 2,1917, discharged Dec 5, 1918. He served honorably. In Detroit heworked for the Ford Motor Company, and the Kroger Baking Company. He wasengaged in the general trucking, and was employed by the Crocker—Huffman Landand Water Company in Merced before joining the Merced Police Department in1939.

Sgt. Leap waslaid to rest at the Evergreen Memorial Park.