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Officers Killed on This Day in History
Puyallup Police Department, Washington

Marshal William Jeffery
Puyallup Police Department, WA
EOW: Sunday, September 30, 1894
Cause of Death: Gunfire

Dubuque Police Department, Iowa

Patrolman Albert Meisner
Dubuque Police Department, IA
EOW: Wednesday, September 30, 1896
Cause of Death: Struck by train

Milwaukee Police Department, Wisconsin

Police Officer John Kossow
Milwaukee Police Department, WI
EOW: Saturday, September 30, 1899
Cause of Death: Assault

St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department, Missouri

Police Officer Thomas J. Bolin
St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department, MO
EOW: Sunday, September 30, 1900
Cause of Death: Gunfire (Accidental)

Indianapolis Police Department, Indiana

Officer Charles J. Russell
Indianapolis Police Department, IN
EOW: Sunday, September 30, 1906
Cause of Death: Gunfire

Prince Edward County Sheriff's Office, Virginia

Sheriff Thomas Harris Dickinson
Prince Edward County Sheriff's Office, VA
EOW: Thursday, September 30, 1915
Cause of Death: Struck by train

Fort Morgan Police Department, Colorado

Marshal Charles P. Eyser
Fort Morgan Police Department, CO
EOW: Saturday, September 30, 1916
Cause of Death: Gunfire

Missouri Pacific Railroad Police Department, Railroad Police

Special Agent W. D. Adkins
Missouri Pacific Railroad Police Department, RR
EOW: Tuesday, September 30, 1919
Cause of Death: Gunfire

Wichita County Constable's Office, Texas

Special Deputy William Sherrod Toney
Wichita County Constable's Office, TX
EOW: Thursday, September 30, 1920
Cause of Death: Gunfire

Wichita County Constable's Office, Texas

Special Deputy William Marvin Caple
Wichita County Constable's Office, TX
EOW: Thursday, September 30, 1920
Cause of Death: Gunfire

Muncie Police Department, Indiana

Patrolman Anthony Charles Hellis
Muncie Police Department, IN
EOW: Sunday, September 30, 1923
Cause of Death: Gunfire

Washington State Patrol, Washington

Patrolman Vernon G. Fortin
Washington State Patrol, WA
EOW: Sunday, September 30, 1923
Cause of Death: Motorcycle accident

Charlotte Police Department, North Carolina

Detective John North Byers
Charlotte Police Department, NC
EOW: Thursday, September 30, 1926
Cause of Death: Automobile accident

Chicago Police Department, Illinois

Patrolman John J. Byrnes
Chicago Police Department, IL
EOW: Thursday, September 30, 1926
Cause of Death: Gunfire

Detroit Police Department, Michigan

Police Officer William F. Frahm
Detroit Police Department, MI
EOW: Friday, September 30, 1927
Cause of Death: Gunfire

North Fort Worth Police Department, Texas

Special Officer Richard D. "Dick" Howell
North Fort Worth Police Department, TX
EOW: Friday, September 30, 1927
Cause of Death: Gunfire

Lockport Police Department, Illinois

Police Officer Carl D. Dubson
Lockport Police Department, IL
EOW: Monday, September 30, 1929
Cause of Death: Motorcycle accident

Houston Police Department, Texas

Officer Willie Bonner Phares
Houston Police Department, TX
EOW: Tuesday, September 30, 1930
Cause of Death: Gunfire

New York State Police, New York

Trooper Vincent A. Dunn
New York State Police, NY
EOW: Friday, September 30, 1932
Cause of Death: Automobile accident

Tuscaloosa Police Department, Alabama

Officer A. Claud Snider
Tuscaloosa Police Department, AL
EOW: Friday, September 30, 1932
Cause of Death: Gunfire

Richmond Police Department, Virginia

Patrolman William A. Toot
Richmond Police Department, VA
EOW: Sunday, September 30, 1934
Cause of Death: Gunfire

Stoughton Police Department, Wisconsin

Patrolman Paul A. Kraby
Stoughton Police Department, WI
EOW: Sunday, September 30, 1934
Cause of Death: Gunfire

Teton County Sheriff's Department, Montana

Deputy Sheriff Julius B. Olson
Teton County Sheriff's Department, MT
EOW: Monday, September 30, 1935
Cause of Death: Gunfire

South Carolina Highway Patrol, South Carolina

Patrolman Joseph P. Monroe
South Carolina Highway Patrol, SC
EOW: Tuesday, September 30, 1941
Cause of Death: Motorcycle accident

Forest Park Police Department, Illinois

Lieutenant Herman W. Ziebell
Forest Park Police Department, IL
EOW: Monday, September 30, 1946
Cause of Death: Gunfire

New York City Police Department, New York

Patrolman Charles A. Brereton
New York City Police Department, NY
EOW: Tuesday, September 30, 1947
Cause of Death: Fall

Burnside Police Department, Kentucky

Marshal George Prentiss Southwood
Burnside Police Department, KY
EOW: Thursday, September 30, 1948
Cause of Death: Gunfire

Blanchester Police Department, Ohio

Patrolman Lewis Burdette "Bud" Lee
Blanchester Police Department, OH
EOW: Friday, September 30, 1949
Cause of Death: Gunfire

Elberton Police Department, Georgia

Patrolman Hugh Dorsey Cleveland
Elberton Police Department, GA
EOW: Sunday, September 30, 1951
Cause of Death: Gunfire

Los Angeles Police Department, California

Policeman Chester M. Gildehaus
Los Angeles Police Department, CA
EOW: Sunday, September 30, 1951
Cause of Death: Motorcycle accident

Tulare County Sheriff's Office, California

Special Deputy Carl Oscar Johnson
Tulare County Sheriff's Office, CA
EOW: Sunday, September 30, 1951
Cause of Death: Gunfire

California Highway Patrol, California

Officer Ralph A. Vargas
California Highway Patrol, CA
EOW: Tuesday, September 30, 1952
Cause of Death: Motorcycle accident

Pawtucket Police Department, Rhode Island

Patrolman Charles Patnaude
Pawtucket Police Department, RI
EOW: Tuesday, September 30, 1952
Cause of Death: Gunfire

Indiana State Police, Indiana

Trooper William Rae Kellems
Indiana State Police, IN
EOW: Monday, September 30, 1957
Cause of Death: Gunfire

Michigan State Police, Michigan

Trooper Dugald A. Pellot
Michigan State Police, MI
EOW: Monday, September 30, 1957
Cause of Death: Gunfire

Albuquerque Police Department, New Mexico

Officer Richard Armijo
Albuquerque Police Department, NM
EOW: Tuesday, September 30, 1958
Cause of Death: Motorcycle accident

East Bridgewater Police Department, Massachusetts

Patrolman Albert Saccocia
East Bridgewater Police Department, MA
EOW: Friday, September 30, 1966
Cause of Death: Heart attack

Fremont County Sheriff's Office, Colorado

Deputy Sheriff Francis S. Townsend
Fremont County Sheriff's Office, CO
EOW: Saturday, September 30, 1967
Cause of Death: Heart attack

New Mexico State Police, New Mexico

Agent Robert Romero
New Mexico State Police, NM
EOW: Saturday, September 30, 1967
Cause of Death: Automobile accident

Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department, California

Deputy Gary E. McCullah
Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department, CA
EOW: Monday, September 30, 1968
Cause of Death: Aircraft accident

Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department, California

Deputy Robert K. Schnur
Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department, CA
EOW: Monday, September 30, 1968
Cause of Death: Aircraft accident

Elizabethtown Police Department, North Carolina

Chief of Police Marvin James Bell
Elizabethtown Police Department, NC
EOW: Saturday, September 30, 1972
Cause of Death: Gunfire

Minneapolis Police Department, Minnesota

Lieutenant Inno H. Suek
Minneapolis Police Department, MN
EOW: Saturday, September 30, 1972
Cause of Death: Gunfire

New York State Police, New York

Investigator Bruce B. McCully
New York State Police, NY
EOW: Sunday, September 30, 1973
Cause of Death: Duty related illness

North Carolina Highway Patrol, North Carolina

Patrolman Jack D. Templeton
North Carolina Highway Patrol, NC
EOW: Monday, September 30, 1974
Cause of Death: Vehicle pursuit

Los Angeles County Harbor Patrol, California

Patrolman Harold L. Edgington
Los Angeles County Harbor Patrol, CA
EOW: Sunday, September 30, 1979
Cause of Death: Stabbed

Newton Police Department, Iowa

Police Officer Bobby Junior Barrickman
Newton Police Department, IA
EOW: Sunday, September 30, 1979
Cause of Death: Automobile accident

Forest Park Police Department, Illinois

Officer Michael T. Caulfield
Forest Park Police Department, IL
EOW: Thursday, September 30, 1982
Cause of Death: Gunfire

Yonkers Police Department, New York

Police Officer John Silinsky
Yonkers Police Department, NY
EOW: Thursday, September 30, 1982
Cause of Death: Gunfire

Guam Police Department, Guam

Police Officer I Raymond S. Sanchez
Guam Police Department, GU
EOW: Friday, September 30, 1983
Cause of Death: Gunfire

Forrest County Sheriff's Office, Mississippi

Deputy Sheriff John R. Klem, III
Forrest County Sheriff's Office, MS
EOW: Monday, September 30, 1985
Cause of Death: Gunfire

Brevard County Sheriff's Office, Florida

Deputy Sheriff Robert Nicol, Jr.
Brevard County Sheriff's Office, FL
EOW: Wednesday, September 30, 1987
Cause of Death: Vehicle pursuit

California Highway Patrol, California

Officer Terry Wayne Autrey
California Highway Patrol, CA
EOW: Wednesday, September 30, 1987
Cause of Death: Struck by vehicle

Chicago Police Department, Illinois

Police Officer Arthur O. Jackson
Chicago Police Department, IL
EOW: Wednesday, September 30, 1987
Cause of Death: Heart attack

Lower Merion Township Police Department, Pennsylvania

Officer Edward Michael Setzer
Lower Merion Township Police Department, PA
EOW: Friday, September 30, 1988
Cause of Death: Gunfire

Panola County Sheriff's Department, Mississippi

Deputy Sheriff Joe Kenneth Cosby
Panola County Sheriff's Department, MS
EOW: Friday, September 30, 1988
Cause of Death: Gunfire

Oregon State Police, Oregon

Trooper Bret Robert Clodfelter
Oregon State Police, OR
EOW: Wednesday, September 30, 1992
Cause of Death: Gunfire

Monroeville Police Department, Alabama

Patrolman Raymond Chandler
Monroeville Police Department, AL
EOW: Monday, September 30, 1996
Cause of Death: Automobile accident

St. Francois County Sheriff's Office, Missouri

Deputy Sheriff Steven Ziegler
St. Francois County Sheriff's Office, MO
EOW: Sunday, September 30, 2001
Cause of Death: Automobile accident

Sullivan County Sheriff's Department, Tennessee

Deputy Sheriff Stephen Dwight Riner
Sullivan County Sheriff's Department, TN
EOW: Sunday, September 30, 2001
Cause of Death: Automobile accident

Sullivan County Sheriff's Department, Tennessee

Reserve Deputy Barry Shelton
Sullivan County Sheriff's Department, TN
EOW: Sunday, September 30, 2001
Cause of Death: Automobile accident

Cumberland County Sheriff's Office, North Carolina

Deputy Sheriff Christopher Brian Matthews
Cumberland County Sheriff's Office, NC
EOW: Friday, September 30, 2005
Cause of Death: Automobile accident

Montgomery Police Department, Alabama

Officer Keith Edwin Houts
Montgomery Police Department, AL
EOW: Saturday, September 30, 2006
Cause of Death: Gunfire

Greenfield Police Department, Indiana

Police Officer William Edward "Will" Phillips, III
Greenfield Police Department, IN
EOW: Thursday, September 30, 2010
Cause of Death: Vehicular assault

Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries, Louisiana

Sergeant Paul Berches Stuckey
Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries, LA
EOW: Friday, September 30, 2011
Cause of Death: Gunfire (Accidental)

Pottawatomie County Sheriff's Office, Oklahoma

Reserve Deputy Sheriff Timothy Evan Lowry
Pottawatomie County Sheriff's Office, OK
EOW: Friday, September 30, 2011
Cause of Death: Automobile accident

Pottawatomie County Sheriff's Office, Oklahoma

Reserve Deputy Sheriff Michael Don Roberts
Pottawatomie County Sheriff's Office, OK
EOW: Friday, September 30, 2011
Cause of Death: Automobile accident

This Day in History

 

Total Line of Duty Deaths: 67

Aircraft accident: 2
Assault: 1
Automobile accident: 11
Duty related illness: 1
Fall: 1
Gunfire: 33
Gunfire (Accidental): 2
Heart attack: 3
Motorcycle accident: 6
Stabbed: 1
Struck by train: 2
Struck by vehicle: 1
Vehicle pursuit: 2
Vehicular assault: 1

 

By State

Alabama: 3
California: 7
Colorado: 2
Florida: 1
Georgia: 1
Guam: 1
Illinois: 5
Indiana: 4
Iowa: 2
Kentucky: 1
Louisiana: 1
Massachusetts: 1
Michigan: 2
Minnesota: 1
Mississippi: 2
Missouri: 2
Montana: 1
New Mexico: 2
New York: 4
North Carolina: 4
Ohio: 1
Oklahoma: 2
Oregon: 1
Pennsylvania: 1
Railroad Police: 1
Rhode Island: 1
South Carolina: 1
Tennessee: 2
Texas: 4
Virginia: 2
Washington: 2
Wisconsin: 2
 
 
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