Drenched Uniforms and Battered Badges - How Dayton Police Emerged from the 1913 Flood recounts the role of Dayton lawmen during one of the nation's worst natural catastrophes, Ohio's Great Flood; how the police persevered against the terrible force of nature; and how law enforcement pressed forward in its aftermath.
As the levees were breached 136 patrolmen, at great personal peril, rescued and aided the citizens of Dayton. Police officers acted on their own instincts in the first few days because they were in the field without lines of communication, transportation or supervision. The story describes the measures taken by those on the front line to safeguard the city of Dayton at the time of its greatest natural disaster.
This commemorative book, written for the 100th anniversary of the Great Flood, includes more than 70 flood and police pictures, photographs of 25 patrol men and unique images of police artifacts from the period. Drenched Uniforms and Battered Badges is available online at www.amazon.com.
All proceeds support the efforts of Dayton Police History Foundation to preserve the legacy of local law enforcement.