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Officers Killed on This Day in History
Smith County Sheriff's Office, Texas

Deputy Sheriff Duff G. Williams
Smith County Sheriff's Office, TX
EOW: Thursday, August 26, 1869
Cause of Death: Gunfire

Fort Worth Marshal's Office, Texas

Deputy City Marshal Columbus C. Fitzgerald
Fort Worth Marshal's Office, TX
EOW: Sunday, August 26, 1877
Cause of Death: Gunfire

Safford Police Department, Arizona

Deputy Constable James Haines
Safford Police Department, AZ
EOW: Tuesday, August 26, 1879
Cause of Death: Gunfire

Decatur Police Department, Georgia

Town Marshal J. T. "Tode" Hurst
Decatur Police Department, GA
EOW: Friday, August 26, 1887
Cause of Death: Gunfire

Kansas City Police Department, Missouri

Patrolman John E. Jacobson
Kansas City Police Department, MO
EOW: Thursday, August 26, 1897
Cause of Death: Gunfire

New York City Police Department, New York

Patrolman August Schneider
New York City Police Department, NY
EOW: Friday, August 26, 1898
Cause of Death: Fall

Coopers Police Department, West Virginia

Chief of Police William A. "Bill" Fanning
Coopers Police Department, WV
EOW: Tuesday, August 26, 1902
Cause of Death: Gunfire

South Bethlehem Borough Police Department, Pennsylvania

Patrolman George Shuman
South Bethlehem Borough Police Department, PA
EOW: Monday, August 26, 1907
Cause of Death: Gunfire

Harrison County Sheriff's Office, Texas

Deputy Sheriff William J. Rogers
Harrison County Sheriff's Office, TX
EOW: Wednesday, August 26, 1908
Cause of Death: Train accident

Kansas City Police Department, Missouri

Patrolman Homer L. Darling
Kansas City Police Department, MO
EOW: Saturday, August 26, 1911
Cause of Death: Motorcycle accident

Greenville County Sheriff's Office, South Carolina

Deputy Sheriff James Arthur Stewart
Greenville County Sheriff's Office, SC
EOW: Sunday, August 26, 1917
Cause of Death: Gunfire

Puerto Rico Police Department, Puerto Rico

Policeman Leonides Flores
Puerto Rico Police Department, PR
EOW: Sunday, August 26, 1917
Cause of Death: Stabbed

New York City Police Department, New York

Patrolman William Barrett
New York City Police Department, NY
EOW: Monday, August 26, 1918
Cause of Death: Animal related

Waycross Police Department, Georgia

Policeman Walter Brakes
Waycross Police Department, GA
EOW: Thursday, August 26, 1920
Cause of Death: Gunfire

Paintsville Police Department, Kentucky

Chief of Police James Melvin
Paintsville Police Department, KY
EOW: Friday, August 26, 1921
Cause of Death: Gunfire

United States Department of the Treasury - Internal Revenue Service - Prohibition Unit, U.S. Government

Federal Prohibition Agent John Harvey Reynolds
United States Department of the Treasury - Internal Revenue Service - Prohibition Unit, US
EOW: Friday, August 26, 1921
Cause of Death: Gunfire

Philadelphia Police Department, Pennsylvania

Policeman John J. Toomey
Philadelphia Police Department, PA
EOW: Saturday, August 26, 1922
Cause of Death: Gunfire (Accidental)

Monterey County State Traffic Force, California

Traffic Officer Charles Marion Alvitre
Monterey County State Traffic Force, CA
EOW: Sunday, August 26, 1923
Cause of Death: Motorcycle accident

Ridley Township Police Department, Pennsylvania

Patrolman John F. Creghan
Ridley Township Police Department, PA
EOW: Sunday, August 26, 1923
Cause of Death: Gunfire

Rutherford County Police Department, North Carolina

Rural Police Officer James Reuben Lee
Rutherford County Police Department, NC
EOW: Sunday, August 26, 1923
Cause of Death: Gunfire

Spartanburg County Sheriff's Office, South Carolina

Constable Hampton Patterson
Spartanburg County Sheriff's Office, SC
EOW: Sunday, August 26, 1923
Cause of Death: Gunfire (Accidental)

Harlan County Police Department, Kentucky

Patrolman Melvin Gregory
Harlan County Police Department, KY
EOW: Tuesday, August 26, 1924
Cause of Death: Gunfire

Pittsburgh Police Department, Pennsylvania

Lieutenant Robert John Galloway
Pittsburgh Police Department, PA
EOW: Tuesday, August 26, 1924
Cause of Death: Gunfire (Accidental)

Brazoria County Sheriff's Office, Texas

Deputy James William Cook
Brazoria County Sheriff's Office, TX
EOW: Wednesday, August 26, 1925
Cause of Death: Gunfire

Dallas County Sheriff's Office, Alabama

Sheriff Lawrence Percy Dawson
Dallas County Sheriff's Office, AL
EOW: Wednesday, August 26, 1925
Cause of Death: Gunfire

Hudson County Boulevard Police, New Jersey

Motorcycle Policeman Robert Cookson
Hudson County Boulevard Police, NJ
EOW: Wednesday, August 26, 1925
Cause of Death: Motorcycle accident

Fordson Police Department, Michigan

Police Officer Cecil Spencer
Fordson Police Department, MI
EOW: Sunday, August 26, 1928
Cause of Death: Vehicle pursuit

Salt Lake County Sheriff's Office, Utah

Deputy Sheriff Oscar Fullmer
Salt Lake County Sheriff's Office, UT
EOW: Sunday, August 26, 1928
Cause of Death: Automobile accident

Stickney Police Department, Illinois

Patrolman Joseph Prihoda
Stickney Police Department, IL
EOW: Sunday, August 26, 1928
Cause of Death: Vehicle pursuit

Cambridge City Police Department, Indiana

Marshal John Mathew Ingerman
Cambridge City Police Department, IN
EOW: Monday, August 26, 1929
Cause of Death: Gunfire

Cheswick Borough Police Department, Pennsylvania

Patrolman John Polcsak
Cheswick Borough Police Department, PA
EOW: Wednesday, August 26, 1931
Cause of Death: Vehicle pursuit

Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department, California

Deputy Sheriff James L. McDermott
Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department, CA
EOW: Wednesday, August 26, 1931
Cause of Death: Automobile accident

Ridley Park Borough Police Department, Pennsylvania

Patrolman James Edward Stewart
Ridley Park Borough Police Department, PA
EOW: Wednesday, August 26, 1931
Cause of Death: Vehicular assault

Racine Police Department, Wisconsin

Patrolman Harry C. Breheim
Racine Police Department, WI
EOW: Saturday, August 26, 1933
Cause of Death: Motorcycle accident

San Francisco Police Department, California

Officer Michael J. McDonald
San Francisco Police Department, CA
EOW: Saturday, August 26, 1933
Cause of Death: Gunfire

California Highway Patrol, California

Officer Hugh C. Cline
California Highway Patrol, CA
EOW: Sunday, August 26, 1934
Cause of Death: Motorcycle accident

New York City Police Department, New York

Patrolman Richard J. McCormack
New York City Police Department, NY
EOW: Wednesday, August 26, 1936
Cause of Death: Automobile accident

Detroit Police Department, Michigan

Police Officer Conrad W. Sippel
Detroit Police Department, MI
EOW: Thursday, August 26, 1937
Cause of Death: Motorcycle accident

Floyd County Constable's Office, Kentucky

Deputy Constable Gus Johnson
Floyd County Constable's Office, KY
EOW: Thursday, August 26, 1937
Cause of Death: Gunfire

Peoria Police Department, Illinois

Patrolman John D. Cusson
Peoria Police Department, IL
EOW: Tuesday, August 26, 1947
Cause of Death: Gunfire

Detroit Police Department, Michigan

Sergeant John A. Barringer
Detroit Police Department, MI
EOW: Thursday, August 26, 1948
Cause of Death: Automobile accident

Ben Hill County Sheriff's Office, Georgia

Jailer John Harbard Smith
Ben Hill County Sheriff's Office, GA
EOW: Sunday, August 26, 1951
Cause of Death: Gunfire

Beckley Police Department, West Virginia

Patrolman Carl Dale Buckland
Beckley Police Department, WV
EOW: Sunday, August 26, 1956
Cause of Death: Gunfire

Broward County Sheriff's Office, Florida

Deputy Arthur Fillebrown
Broward County Sheriff's Office, FL
EOW: Monday, August 26, 1957
Cause of Death: Struck by train

Adams County Sheriff's Office, Colorado

Deputy Sheriff Frank J. Jackson
Adams County Sheriff's Office, CO
EOW: Friday, August 26, 1960
Cause of Death: Automobile accident

Lodi Police Department, New Jersey

Officer Gary Tedesco
Lodi Police Department, NJ
EOW: Monday, August 26, 1963
Cause of Death: Gunfire

Lodi Police Department, New Jersey

Sergeant Peter Voto
Lodi Police Department, NJ
EOW: Monday, August 26, 1963
Cause of Death: Gunfire

Walworth County Sheriff's Department, Wisconsin

Deputy Sheriff Patrick Ray Bolton, Jr.
Walworth County Sheriff's Department, WI
EOW: Friday, August 26, 1966
Cause of Death: Electrocuted

Long Beach Police Department, California

Patrolman Donald V. Knott
Long Beach Police Department, CA
EOW: Saturday, August 26, 1967
Cause of Death: Gunfire

Long Beach Police Department, California

Patrolman William L. Isham
Long Beach Police Department, CA
EOW: Saturday, August 26, 1967
Cause of Death: Gunfire

United States Department of the Treasury - Internal Revenue Service - Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms, U.S. Government

Special Investigator James Madison Patterson
United States Department of the Treasury - Internal Revenue Service - Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms, US
EOW: Tuesday, August 26, 1969
Cause of Death: Aircraft accident

New Orleans Police Department, Louisiana

Patrolman Victor E. Bordeaux
New Orleans Police Department, LA
EOW: Wednesday, August 26, 1970
Cause of Death: Vehicular assault

Detroit Police Department, Michigan

Police Officer Frederick D. Hunter, Jr.
Detroit Police Department, MI
EOW: Thursday, August 26, 1971
Cause of Death: Gunfire

New York City Police Department, New York

Sergeant Joseph V. Morabito
New York City Police Department, NY
EOW: Thursday, August 26, 1971
Cause of Death: Gunfire

Wisconsin State Patrol, Wisconsin

Trooper Donald C. Pederson
Wisconsin State Patrol, WI
EOW: Saturday, August 26, 1972
Cause of Death: Gunfire

Boulder Police Department, Colorado

Officer Gary Dale Mills
Boulder Police Department, CO
EOW: Sunday, August 26, 1973
Cause of Death: Gunfire

Chicago Police Department, Illinois

Patrolman Thomas J. Adams, Jr.
Chicago Police Department, IL
EOW: Sunday, August 26, 1973
Cause of Death: Gunfire

Lincoln County Sheriff's Office, North Carolina

Sergeant John Hugh Howell, II
Lincoln County Sheriff's Office, NC
EOW: Sunday, August 26, 1973
Cause of Death: Gunfire

Cincinnati Police Department, Ohio

Police Officer William J. Loftin
Cincinnati Police Department, OH
EOW: Tuesday, August 26, 1975
Cause of Death: Gunfire

Tooele County Sheriff's Office, Utah

Sergeant Lauren Everett Dow
Tooele County Sheriff's Office, UT
EOW: Tuesday, August 26, 1975
Cause of Death: Fire

Henderson Police Department, Louisiana

Patrolman Julius Gene Courville
Henderson Police Department, LA
EOW: Saturday, August 26, 1978
Cause of Death: Gunfire

Honolulu Police Department, Hawaii

Officer Ernest A. Grogg
Honolulu Police Department, HI
EOW: Sunday, August 26, 1979
Cause of Death: Motorcycle accident

Lake City Police Department, South Carolina

Captain Clell Bobbitt Floyd
Lake City Police Department, SC
EOW: Tuesday, August 26, 1980
Cause of Death: Aircraft accident

Chicago Police Department, Illinois

Police Officer Martin P. Clarke
Chicago Police Department, IL
EOW: Sunday, August 26, 1984
Cause of Death: Automobile accident

St. Lucie County Sheriff's Office, Florida

Sergeant Harold Lavier Holerger
St. Lucie County Sheriff's Office, FL
EOW: Monday, August 26, 1985
Cause of Death: Struck by vehicle

Atlanta Police Department, Georgia

Police Officer Gregory Lavance Davis
Atlanta Police Department, GA
EOW: Friday, August 26, 1988
Cause of Death: Gunfire

Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation, Oklahoma

Game Warden Johnny Ray Maisano, Sr.
Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation, OK
EOW: Sunday, August 26, 1990
Cause of Death: Duty related illness

Wasatch County Sheriff's Office, Utah

Deputy Sheriff Blake V. Wright
Wasatch County Sheriff's Office, UT
EOW: Sunday, August 26, 1990
Cause of Death: Fire

Hutchins Police Department, Texas

Officer Michael Wayne Owens
Hutchins Police Department, TX
EOW: Wednesday, August 26, 1992
Cause of Death: Heart attack

Pike County Sheriff's Department, Mississippi

Chief Investigator Thomas Wayne Daughdrill, Sr.
Pike County Sheriff's Department, MS
EOW: Wednesday, August 26, 1992
Cause of Death: Gunfire

Sea Isle City Police Department, New Jersey

Officer Michael P. "Mickey" Cullinane, Sr.
Sea Isle City Police Department, NJ
EOW: Wednesday, August 26, 1992
Cause of Death: Exposure to toxins

Carlton County Sheriff's Department, Minnesota

Deputy Sheriff Ervid Theodore Clemons
Carlton County Sheriff's Department, MN
EOW: Thursday, August 26, 1993
Cause of Death: Gunfire

St. Paul Police Department, Minnesota

Police Officer Timothy James Jones
St. Paul Police Department, MN
EOW: Friday, August 26, 1994
Cause of Death: Gunfire

St. Paul Police Department, Minnesota

Police Officer Ronald Michael Ryan, Jr.
St. Paul Police Department, MN
EOW: Friday, August 26, 1994
Cause of Death: Gunfire

Detroit Police Department, Michigan

Police Officer Lindora Renee Smith
Detroit Police Department, MI
EOW: Saturday, August 26, 1995
Cause of Death: Vehicle pursuit

Detroit Police Department, Michigan

Sergeant Earl Lavelle White
Detroit Police Department, MI
EOW: Saturday, August 26, 1995
Cause of Death: Vehicle pursuit

Louisiana Department of Corrections, Louisiana

Probation Officer David Glen Seymour
Louisiana Department of Corrections, LA
EOW: Monday, August 26, 1996
Cause of Death: Gunfire (Accidental)

United States Department of the Interior - National Park Service, U.S. Government

Seasonal Park Ranger Michael A. Beaulieu
United States Department of the Interior - National Park Service, US
EOW: Monday, August 26, 1996
Cause of Death: Automobile accident

Greene County Sheriff's Office, Virginia

Sergeant Rodney Lee Davis
Greene County Sheriff's Office, VA
EOW: Tuesday, August 26, 2003
Cause of Death: Gunfire

Columbus Division of Police, Ohio

Police Officer Timothy Allen Haley
Columbus Division of Police, OH
EOW: Tuesday, August 26, 2008
Cause of Death: Duty related illness

Montana Highway Patrol, Montana

Trooper Evan Frederick Schneider
Montana Highway Patrol, MT
EOW: Tuesday, August 26, 2008
Cause of Death: Automobile accident

Kane County Sheriff's Office, Utah

Deputy Sheriff Brian Bruce Harris
Kane County Sheriff's Office, UT
EOW: Thursday, August 26, 2010
Cause of Death: Gunfire

Indiana Department of Correction, Indiana

Correctional Officer Timothy A. Betts
Indiana Department of Correction, IN
EOW: Sunday, August 26, 2012
Cause of Death: Heart attack

Sunset Police Department, Louisiana

Police Officer Henry Andres Nelson
Sunset Police Department, LA
EOW: Wednesday, August 26, 2015
Cause of Death: Gunfire

This Day in History

 

Total Line of Duty Deaths: 84

Aircraft accident: 2
Animal related: 1
Automobile accident: 8
Duty related illness: 2
Electrocuted: 1
Exposure to toxins: 1
Fall: 1
Fire: 2
Gunfire: 42
Gunfire (Accidental): 4
Heart attack: 2
Motorcycle accident: 7
Stabbed: 1
Struck by train: 1
Struck by vehicle: 1
Train accident: 1
Vehicle pursuit: 5
Vehicular assault: 2

 

By State

Alabama: 1
Arizona: 1
California: 6
Colorado: 2
Florida: 2
Georgia: 4
Hawaii: 1
Illinois: 4
Indiana: 2
Kentucky: 3
Louisiana: 4
Michigan: 6
Minnesota: 3
Mississippi: 1
Missouri: 2
Montana: 1
New Jersey: 4
New York: 4
North Carolina: 2
Ohio: 2
Oklahoma: 1
Pennsylvania: 6
Puerto Rico: 1
South Carolina: 3
Texas: 5
U.S. Government: 3
Utah: 4
Virginia: 1
West Virginia: 2
Wisconsin: 3
 
 
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