The Cleveland Police Museum is honored to tell the stories of our Fallen Officers on the anniversaries of their End of Watch.
On March 26, 1958, Patrolmen Joseph Zambramski and Edgar Nagie responded to Winslow Avenue, where James Williamson was threatening his estranged wife with a gun. After searching for the suspect for over thirty minutes, the officers learned he was hiding behind a nearby home. Nagie came upon him in the backyard, where Williamson fired at the officer, hitting him in the knee, thigh and chest. Patrolman Zambramski chased and subdued Williamson, who later died from a chest wound he received from Nagie. Patrolman Nagie died just after arriving at Lutheran Hospital.
According to his family, Edgar Nagie left a stable, office job with Ford to pursue his “longing to be a policeman.” Nagie worked hard as a policeman and had recently been commended for the capture of four burglars.
Patrolman Nagie was survived by his wife Mary Margaret and their two young daughters, Victoria and Laura Lee. The day after his death, the Nagies had planned to purchase a new home. After his death, the Bluecoats provided his widow with the necessary money for a down payment on a new home for her family.