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Axel Julius Söderberg

Appointed January 20, 1912
Ht: 5’8” Wt: 155#
End of Tour Monday, March 19, 1928

Saint Paul, Ramsey County, Minnesota
[Minnesota Death Certificate No. 1928-MN-023774]

Fatally injured in a fall
while assisting children cross a dangerous intersection.


Photo of Axel Soderberg

On Tuesday, March 13, 1928, Patrolman Axel Julius Söderberg1, Badge No. 211, working out of the Prior Avenue Substation, was assisting children cross the intersection of University and Cromwell Avenues in the City of Saint Paul when he slipped and fell on the icy pavement. He died in Ancker Hospital on Monday, March 19, 1928 (one week later) from an abdominal hemorrhage suffered in the fall.

Although police personnel records state that Axel Julius Söderberg was born on March 26, 1898, other records indicate that it was September 8, 1873. Raised in Lundby, Göteborg (Gothenburg), Sweden, fifty-four year old Söderberg had been with the Bureau of Police since January 20, 1912 (sixteen years), and was survived by his wife, Elfrida (Freda), and two grown children, son, Margon (Morgan), and daughter, Marion McNiff. Patrolman Söderberg’s funeral was held on Thursday, March 22, 1928, in his home at 897 Raymond Avenue, and he is buried at Union Cemetery, in what is now Maplewood, Minnesota.

1 Axel Julius Söderberg was appointed Patrolman January 20, 1912; was fatally injured in a fall while assisting at a school crossing March 13, 1928, and died Monday, March 19, 1928.