Patrolman Bertram succumbed to injuries received five years earlier when he was involved in an automobile accident while responding to a burglar alarm call.
Another vehicle pulled into the patrol car’s path, causing a collision.
Patrolman Bertram was a U.S. Navy veteran and had served with the Jefferson County Police Department for 10 years at the time of the accident. While in the Navy he was an undefeated heavy weight boxer in the Golden Glove competition with a 12-0 record. He was survived by his wife and four children.