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Officers Killed on This Day in History
Nashville City Police Department, Tennessee

Patrolman Robert T. Frazier
Nashville City Police Department, TN
EOW: Friday, April 30, 1875
Cause of Death: Gunfire

Taney County Sheriff's Office, Missouri

Deputy James A. Coggburn
Taney County Sheriff's Office, MO
EOW: Wednesday, April 30, 1879
Cause of Death: Gunfire

Taney County Sheriff's Office, Missouri

Deputy William J. Bates
Taney County Sheriff's Office, MO
EOW: Wednesday, April 30, 1879
Cause of Death: Gunfire

Iowa Department of Corrections, Iowa

Correctional Officer John Elder
Iowa Department of Corrections, IA
EOW: Sunday, April 30, 1882
Cause of Death: Assault

Nashville City Police Department, Tennessee

Patrolman Daniel Summitt
Nashville City Police Department, TN
EOW: Sunday, April 30, 1899
Cause of Death: Gunfire

Ogden Police Department, Utah

Captain William A. Brown
Ogden Police Department, UT
EOW: Sunday, April 30, 1899
Cause of Death: Gunfire

Clackamas County Sheriff's Department, Oregon

Sheriff John R. Shaver
Clackamas County Sheriff's Department, OR
EOW: Monday, April 30, 1906
Cause of Death: Gunfire

Greenville County Sheriff's Office, South Carolina

Deputy Sheriff Eli Pittman
Greenville County Sheriff's Office, SC
EOW: Monday, April 30, 1906
Cause of Death: Gunfire

Constable James J. Bobbitt
Houston County Constable's Office - Precinct 7, TX
EOW: Saturday, April 30, 1910
Cause of Death: Gunfire

Gassaway Police Department, West Virginia

Chief of Police G. Ord Thompson
Gassaway Police Department, WV
EOW: Friday, April 30, 1915
Cause of Death: Gunfire

Honolulu Police Department, Hawaii

Officer Frederick Wright
Honolulu Police Department, HI
EOW: Sunday, April 30, 1916
Cause of Death: Motorcycle crash

Texas Rangers, Texas

Private Thomas Carlyle "Carlie" Hyde
Texas Rangers, TX
EOW: Tuesday, April 30, 1918
Cause of Death: Duty related illness

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

Federal Prohibition Agent Irby U. Scruggs
United States Department of the Treasury - Internal Revenue Service - Prohibition Unit, US
EOW: Saturday, April 30, 1921
Cause of Death: Gunfire

Hyde County Sheriff's Office, South Dakota

Sheriff Hugh Lee McNamara
Hyde County Sheriff's Office, SD
EOW: Friday, April 30, 1926
Cause of Death: Gunfire

Nassau County Police Department, New York

Lieutenant John P. Dowd
Nassau County Police Department, NY
EOW: Tuesday, April 30, 1929
Cause of Death: Automobile crash

California Department of Fish and Wildlife, California

Game Warden Alan G. Curry
California Department of Fish and Wildlife, CA
EOW: Wednesday, April 30, 1930
Cause of Death: Gunfire

New York State Police, New York

Trooper John L. Furlong
New York State Police, NY
EOW: Wednesday, April 30, 1930
Cause of Death: Automobile crash

Chicago Police Department, Illinois

Patrolman Anthony L. Ruthy
Chicago Police Department, IL
EOW: Thursday, April 30, 1931
Cause of Death: Gunfire

Jailer Arthur Waggoner Bowman
Hart County Jail, KY
EOW: Thursday, April 30, 1931
Cause of Death: Gunfire

Chicago Police Department, Illinois

Patrolman Stanley J. Lutke
Chicago Police Department, IL
EOW: Sunday, April 30, 1933
Cause of Death: Gunfire

Limestone County Constable's Office - Precinct 5, Texas

Constable Rosie Lee Smith
Limestone County Constable's Office - Precinct 5, TX
EOW: Sunday, April 30, 1933
Cause of Death: Stabbed

Iowa State Patrol, Iowa

Patrolman Oran H. Pape
Iowa State Patrol, IA
EOW: Thursday, April 30, 1936
Cause of Death: Gunfire

Montgomery Police Department, Alabama

Police Officer Raymond Mathis
Montgomery Police Department, AL
EOW: Thursday, April 30, 1936
Cause of Death: Gunfire

Daytona Beach Police Department, Florida

Officer Willie R. Denson
Daytona Beach Police Department, FL
EOW: Friday, April 30, 1937
Cause of Death: Gunfire

Jefferson County Police Department, Kentucky

Patrolman Frank E. Herrmann
Jefferson County Police Department, KY
EOW: Saturday, April 30, 1938
Cause of Death: Struck by vehicle

Storey County Sheriff's Office, Nevada

Deputy Sheriff Hugh James Gallagher, Sr.
Storey County Sheriff's Office, NV
EOW: Friday, April 30, 1948
Cause of Death: Heart attack

Rahway Police Department, New Jersey

Special Patrolman Raymond Michel
Rahway Police Department, NJ
EOW: Wednesday, April 30, 1952
Cause of Death: Heart attack

Houston Police Department, Texas

Captain Charles R. Gougenheim
Houston Police Department, TX
EOW: Saturday, April 30, 1955
Cause of Death: Gunfire

Houston Police Department, Texas

Police Officer Jack B. Beets
Houston Police Department, TX
EOW: Saturday, April 30, 1955
Cause of Death: Gunfire

Ardmore Police Department, Oklahoma

Patrolman Charles Washington
Ardmore Police Department, OK
EOW: Wednesday, April 30, 1958
Cause of Death: Gunfire

Cleburne County Sheriff's Office, Alabama

Deputy Sheriff Troy Clifton "Bud" Willingham
Cleburne County Sheriff's Office, AL
EOW: Monday, April 30, 1962
Cause of Death: Vehicle pursuit

Cumberland Police Department, Kentucky

Police Officer O. J. Weldon
Cumberland Police Department, KY
EOW: Saturday, April 30, 1966
Cause of Death: Gunfire

Lucas County Sheriff's Department, Ohio

Deputy Sheriff Herbert I. Wexler
Lucas County Sheriff's Department, OH
EOW: Sunday, April 30, 1967
Cause of Death: Automobile crash

United States Coast Guard Office of Law Enforcement, U.S. Government

Petty Officer Edgar Allen Culbertson
United States Coast Guard Office of Law Enforcement, US
EOW: Sunday, April 30, 1967
Cause of Death: Drowned

Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department, California

Deputy Gordon D. Erickson
Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department, CA
EOW: Thursday, April 30, 1970
Cause of Death: Fall

St. Louis County Police Department, Missouri

Police Officer James R. Reifschneider
St. Louis County Police Department, MO
EOW: Saturday, April 30, 1977
Cause of Death: Vehicular assault

New York City Police Department, New York

Police Officer Robert E. Betsch
New York City Police Department, NY
EOW: Monday, April 30, 1979
Cause of Death: Heart attack

United States General Services Administration - Federal Protective Service, U.S. Government

Officer Vincente Ramos-Lebron
United States General Services Administration - Federal Protective Service, US
EOW: Friday, April 30, 1982
Cause of Death: Automobile crash

Puerto Rico Police Department, Puerto Rico

Policeman Luis B. Vega-Cotto
Puerto Rico Police Department, PR
EOW: Sunday, April 30, 1989
Cause of Death: Gunfire

Puerto Rico Police Department, Puerto Rico

Commander Angel Francisco Rodriguez-Melendez
Puerto Rico Police Department, PR
EOW: Friday, April 30, 1993
Cause of Death: Gunfire

Fremont County Sheriff's Office, Wyoming

Lieutenant Steve M. Crerar
Fremont County Sheriff's Office, WY
EOW: Sunday, April 30, 1995
Cause of Death: Gunfire

Long Beach Police Department, California

Police Officer Daryle Wayne Black
Long Beach Police Department, CA
EOW: Sunday, April 30, 2000
Cause of Death: Gunfire

Honolulu Police Department, Hawaii

Officer Dannygriggs M. Padayao
Honolulu Police Department, HI
EOW: Monday, April 30, 2001
Cause of Death: Vehicular assault

Gilbert Police Department, Arizona

Police Officer Robert Daniel Targosz
Gilbert Police Department, AZ
EOW: Sunday, April 30, 2006
Cause of Death: Vehicular assault

Chester Police Department, Pennsylvania

Patrolman Avery E. Freeman
Chester Police Department, PA
EOW: Monday, April 30, 2012
Cause of Death: Duty related illness

This Day in History

 

Total Line of Duty Deaths: 45

Assault: 1
Automobile crash: 4
Drowned: 1
Duty related illness: 2
Fall: 1
Gunfire: 26
Heart attack: 3
Motorcycle crash: 1
Stabbed: 1
Struck by vehicle: 1
Vehicle pursuit: 1
Vehicular assault: 3

 

By State

Alabama: 2
Arizona: 1
California: 3
Florida: 1
Hawaii: 2
Illinois: 2
Iowa: 2
Kentucky: 3
Missouri: 3
Nevada: 1
New Jersey: 1
New York: 3
Ohio: 1
Oklahoma: 1
Oregon: 1
Pennsylvania: 1
Puerto Rico: 2
South Carolina: 1
South Dakota: 1
Tennessee: 2
Texas: 5
U.S. Government: 3
Utah: 1
West Virginia: 1
Wyoming: 1
 
 
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