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Officers Killed on This Day in History
Savannah Police Department, Georgia

Patrolman Habersham W. Harvey
Savannah Police Department, GA
EOW: Thursday, October 20, 1881
Cause of Death: Gunfire

Riley County Sheriff's Office, Kansas

Sheriff Seldon B. Lard
Riley County Sheriff's Office, KS
EOW: Wednesday, October 20, 1897
Cause of Death: Gunfire

United States Department of Justice - United States Marshals Service, U.S. Government

Deputy Marshal Luther "Lute" Houston
United States Department of Justice - United States Marshals Service, US
EOW: Monday, October 20, 1902
Cause of Death: Gunfire

San Bernardino County Sheriff's Department, California

Deputy Sheriff William Francis Smithson
San Bernardino County Sheriff's Department, CA
EOW: Sunday, October 20, 1907
Cause of Death: Gunfire

Pittsburgh Police Department, Pennsylvania

Patrolman William Walsh
Pittsburgh Police Department, PA
EOW: Wednesday, October 20, 1909
Cause of Death: Drowned

Clarkson Police Department, Kentucky

Town Marshal John T. Skaggs
Clarkson Police Department, KY
EOW: Thursday, October 20, 1910
Cause of Death: Gunfire

Buffalo Police Department, New York

Patrolman Norman R. Hayes
Buffalo Police Department, NY
EOW: Monday, October 20, 1919
Cause of Death: Animal related

Kansas City Police Department, Missouri

Patrolman Frederick F. Tierney
Kansas City Police Department, MO
EOW: Monday, October 20, 1919
Cause of Death: Gunfire

Metropolitan Police Department, District of Columbia

Officer George D. Chinn
Metropolitan Police Department, DC
EOW: Thursday, October 20, 1921
Cause of Death: Gunfire

Shreveport Police Department, Louisiana

Detective John Olan Hall
Shreveport Police Department, LA
EOW: Thursday, October 20, 1921
Cause of Death: Gunfire

Dora Police Department, Alabama

Police Officer Henry H. Heard
Dora Police Department, AL
EOW: Saturday, October 20, 1923
Cause of Death: Gunfire

Ocala Police Department, Florida

Assistant Chief of Police Perry Eugene Bostick
Ocala Police Department, FL
EOW: Monday, October 20, 1924
Cause of Death: Gunfire

Shaker Heights Police Department, Ohio

Patrolman Michael J. Hahnel
Shaker Heights Police Department, OH
EOW: Monday, October 20, 1924
Cause of Death: Gunfire

Cincinnati Police Division, Ohio

Patrolman Allen J. Althoff
Cincinnati Police Division, OH
EOW: Tuesday, October 20, 1925
Cause of Death: Gunfire

Highland Park Police Department, Michigan

Patrolman Ernest M. Jones
Highland Park Police Department, MI
EOW: Wednesday, October 20, 1926
Cause of Death: Gunfire

New York City Police Department, New York

Patrolman Charles Sauer
New York City Police Department, NY
EOW: Sunday, October 20, 1929
Cause of Death: Gunfire

Illinois State Police, Illinois

Trooper Joseph Merritt Elliott
Illinois State Police, IL
EOW: Friday, October 20, 1933
Cause of Death: Automobile accident

Cleveland Police Department, Ohio

Patrolman William Burmeister
Cleveland Police Department, OH
EOW: Sunday, October 20, 1935
Cause of Death: Motorcycle accident

Los Angeles Police Department, California

Policeman Owen D. Yancey
Los Angeles Police Department, CA
EOW: Sunday, October 20, 1935
Cause of Death: Gunfire

Suffolk Police Department, Virginia

Patrolman Joseph S. Pratt
Suffolk Police Department, VA
EOW: Sunday, October 20, 1935
Cause of Death: Gunfire

Pittsylvania County Sheriff's Office, Virginia

Constable David Jackson Payne
Pittsylvania County Sheriff's Office, VA
EOW: Tuesday, October 20, 1936
Cause of Death: Vehicular assault

St. John the Baptist Parish Sheriff's Office, Louisiana

Constable Ignace Rousselle
St. John the Baptist Parish Sheriff's Office, LA
EOW: Tuesday, October 20, 1936
Cause of Death: Gunfire

Chicago Police Department, Illinois

Patrolman John A. Olson
Chicago Police Department, IL
EOW: Thursday, October 20, 1938
Cause of Death: Gunfire

Richmond Police Department, Virginia

Patrolman John A. Tibbs
Richmond Police Department, VA
EOW: Sunday, October 20, 1940
Cause of Death: Gunfire

Anderson County Constable's Office - Precinct 2, Texas

Constable Alvy Pharris
Anderson County Constable's Office - Precinct 2, TX
EOW: Saturday, October 20, 1945
Cause of Death: Gunfire

California Highway Patrol, California

Officer William L. Reardon
California Highway Patrol, CA
EOW: Sunday, October 20, 1946
Cause of Death: Vehicular assault

Los Angeles Police Department, California

Detective Sergeant Gene Tilford Nash
Los Angeles Police Department, CA
EOW: Monday, October 20, 1958
Cause of Death: Gunfire

Jamestown Police Department, North Dakota

Officer Ronald E. Trautman
Jamestown Police Department, ND
EOW: Thursday, October 20, 1966
Cause of Death: Motorcycle accident

New York City Police Department, New York

Patrolman James A. Dandridge
New York City Police Department, NY
EOW: Friday, October 20, 1967
Cause of Death: Gunfire (Accidental)

Detroit Lakes Police Department, Minnesota

Officer Francis Morris Wozniak
Detroit Lakes Police Department, MN
EOW: Monday, October 20, 1969
Cause of Death: Heart attack

Santa Clara Police Department, California

Sergeant Ben L. Mendis
Santa Clara Police Department, CA
EOW: Wednesday, October 20, 1971
Cause of Death: Heart attack

Ventura County Sheriff's Department, California

Lieutenant Harvey A. Varat
Ventura County Sheriff's Department, CA
EOW: Saturday, October 20, 1973
Cause of Death: Duty related illness

Philadelphia Police Department, Pennsylvania

Police Officer Artimus Johnson
Philadelphia Police Department, PA
EOW: Monday, October 20, 1975
Cause of Death: Gunfire

Cheektowaga Police Department, New York

Patrol Officer David J. Tolsma
Cheektowaga Police Department, NY
EOW: Thursday, October 20, 1977
Cause of Death: Gunfire

Shreveport Police Department, Louisiana

Patrolman Thomas Glen Tompkins
Shreveport Police Department, LA
EOW: Friday, October 20, 1978
Cause of Death: Gunfire

Curry County Sheriff's Office, Oregon

Deputy Sheriff Patrick Anthony Tennies
Curry County Sheriff's Office, OR
EOW: Tuesday, October 20, 1981
Cause of Death: Automobile accident

Nyack Police Department, New York

Sergeant Edward J. O'Grady, Jr.
Nyack Police Department, NY
EOW: Tuesday, October 20, 1981
Cause of Death: Gunfire

Nyack Police Department, New York

Police Officer Waverly L. Brown
Nyack Police Department, NY
EOW: Tuesday, October 20, 1981
Cause of Death: Gunfire

United States Department of the Treasury - Customs Service, U.S. Government

Pilot Morley Lester Miller
United States Department of the Treasury - Customs Service, US
EOW: Saturday, October 20, 1984
Cause of Death: Aircraft accident

United States Department of the Treasury - Customs Service, U.S. Government

Patrol Officer John Edwin Hollingsworth
United States Department of the Treasury - Customs Service, US
EOW: Saturday, October 20, 1984
Cause of Death: Aircraft accident

Arizona Department of Public Safety, Arizona

Officer Bruce A. Petersen
Arizona Department of Public Safety, AZ
EOW: Tuesday, October 20, 1987
Cause of Death: Automobile accident

Erie County Sheriff's Office, New York

Deputy William M. Dillemuth
Erie County Sheriff's Office, NY
EOW: Friday, October 20, 1989
Cause of Death: Gunfire

San Joaquin County Sheriff's Office, California

Deputy Sheriff Dighton Lewis Little
San Joaquin County Sheriff's Office, CA
EOW: Friday, October 20, 1989
Cause of Death: Gunfire

Honolulu Police Department, Hawaii

Officer Roy Eugene Thurman
Honolulu Police Department, HI
EOW: Saturday, October 20, 1990
Cause of Death: Motorcycle accident

Oakland Police Department, California

Officer John William Grubensky
Oakland Police Department, CA
EOW: Sunday, October 20, 1991
Cause of Death: Fire

Rock Island Police Department, Illinois

Auxiliary Officer Todd C. Johnson
Rock Island Police Department, IL
EOW: Wednesday, October 20, 1993
Cause of Death: Gunfire (Accidental)

United States Department of Justice - Immigration and Naturalization Service - United States Border Patrol, U.S. Government

Border Patrol Agent Thomas J. Williams
United States Department of Justice - Immigration and Naturalization Service - United States Border Patrol, US
EOW: Tuesday, October 20, 1998
Cause of Death: Automobile accident

United States Department of Justice - Immigration and Naturalization Service - United States Border Patrol, U.S. Government

Border Patrol Agent Jesus A. de la Ossa
United States Department of Justice - Immigration and Naturalization Service - United States Border Patrol, US
EOW: Tuesday, October 20, 1998
Cause of Death: Automobile accident

Oklahoma City Police Department, Oklahoma

Sergeant Jonathan Paul Dragus
Oklahoma City Police Department, OK
EOW: Thursday, October 20, 2005
Cause of Death: Vehicle pursuit

Fayette County Sheriff's Department, Tennessee

Deputy Sheriff Jeremy Victor Reynolds
Fayette County Sheriff's Department, TN
EOW: Friday, October 20, 2006
Cause of Death: Automobile accident

Baltimore City Police Department, Maryland

Police Officer Thomas Russell Portz, Jr.
Baltimore City Police Department, MD
EOW: Wednesday, October 20, 2010
Cause of Death: Automobile accident

This Day in History

 

Total Line of Duty Deaths: 51

Aircraft accident: 2
Animal related: 1
Automobile accident: 7
Drowned: 1
Duty related illness: 1
Fire: 1
Gunfire: 28
Gunfire (Accidental): 2
Heart attack: 2
Motorcycle accident: 3
Vehicle pursuit: 1
Vehicular assault: 2

 

By State

Alabama: 1
Arizona: 1
California: 8
District of Columbia: 1
Florida: 1
Georgia: 1
Hawaii: 1
Illinois: 3
Kansas: 1
Kentucky: 1
Louisiana: 3
Maryland: 1
Michigan: 1
Minnesota: 1
Missouri: 1
New York: 7
North Dakota: 1
Ohio: 3
Oklahoma: 1
Oregon: 1
Pennsylvania: 2
Tennessee: 1
Texas: 1
U.S. Government: 5
Virginia: 3
 
 
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