Merced Police Department
End Of Watch: November 19, 1946
Police Sergeant Edward G. Leap, 49, died Nov 19, 1946 of injuries suffered when his automobile was 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 been assigned to the plain clothes detail.
Edward Gerald Leap was born in Spring Hill, Iowa, on January 12, 1897. He was the 3rd child of Edward [Edwin] Leap and Katherine N. Yount . On March 2, 1918 he married Emma T. Tittle, the daughter of Charles and Delphi Tittle. He and Emma were the parents of four children; Edward, Francis, Mary Jo and Kenneth.
Sgt. Leap was a Veteran of World War 1, 198 Air SQ., School of Military Aeronautics. Enlisted Nov 2, 1917, discharged Dec 5, 1918. He served honorably. In Detroit he worked for the Ford Motor Company, and the Kroger Baking Company. He was engaged in the general trucking, and was employed by the Crocker—Huffman Land and Water Company in Merced before joining the Merced Police Department in 1939.
Sgt. Leap was laid to rest at the Evergreen Memorial Park.