Elmer L. Shafer, one of the trustees of the Police Pension Fund, was born on June 17, 1876, in the city of Dayton, Ohio. He became a plumber's apprentice after leaving the public school and in a short time learned this trade. He followed this occupation until the opportunity to become a patrolman presented. He was appointed on August 6, 1904. The high regard in which Mr. Shafer is held by his comrades in the department is shown by the fact that he was made one of the five trustees of their Pension Fund. Mr. Shafer is a member of the Modern Woodmen and has a family consisting of his wife, Cora, and two children, Clarence and Caroline.