Police Officer Festus Alvah Tatum, Jr.

Police Officer Festus Alvah Tatum, Jr.

West Palm Beach Police Department, Florida

End of Watch Saturday, March 28, 1959

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Festus Alvah Tatum, Jr.

Police Officer Festus Tatum was killed in a motorcycle crash while escorting a funeral procession on Parker Avenue at Hampton Road.

The last car in the procession had just cleared an intersection and Officer Tatum was passing the procession to clear the next intersection. As he did so a boy riding a motor scooter pulled out of Hampton Road, passing through the procession, and collided with Officer Tatum. He was thrown into a tree and suffered severe head injuries.

Officer Tatum had served with the West Palm Beach Police Department for four years.


  • Age 35
  • Tour 4 years
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Motorcycle crash

funeral escort

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Officer Tatum,
On today, the 60th anniversary of your death I would just like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice for the citizens of West Palm Beach. And to your Family and loved ones, I wish to extend my deepest sympathy.

BPA Mike Casey
United States Border Patrol
El Paso Station

March 28, 2019

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