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Special Officer Webster C. Gentry | Fort Worth Police Department, Texas Fort Worth Police Department, Texas

Special Officer

Webster C. Gentry

Fort Worth Police Department, Texas

End of Watch: Tuesday, April 25, 1922

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 25

Tour: 1 day

Badge # Not available

Cause: Drowned

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Special Officer Gentry drowned while attempting to rescue a family that had become stranded during a period of flooding in the city.

Officer Gentry dove into the water and had succeeded in rescuing three of the family members, but became entangled in submerged barbed wire when he attempted to rescue a child. His body was recovered the following day.

Officer Gentry had been appointed a special officer earlier in the day as a result of the severe flooding. He was issued a gun and badge and assigned to one of the more affected areas.

He was survived by his wife and 15-month-old daughter.

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Every year I coordinate our city's annual memorial service and every year I visit you to put it in perspective. Fresh back from the world war you volunteered to serve during a time of need. You made the ultimate sacrifice on your first day. Your photograph haunts me while I put the parts of our service together to honor you and all of our other heroes with you. Your sacrifice is a true testament to putting others above yourself and you will never be forgotten.

Sergeant Brent Halford
Fort Worth Police brother
May 3, 2016

 

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