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Officers Killed on This Day in History
Leadville Police Department, Colorado

Marshal George O'Connor
Leadville Police Department, CO
EOW: Thursday, April 25, 1878
Cause of Death: Gunfire

Benton County Sheriff's Department, Missouri

City Marshal H. Clay Jeans
Benton County Sheriff's Department, MO
EOW: Saturday, April 25, 1885
Cause of Death: Gunfire

Cochise County Sheriff's Department, Arizona

Deputy Sheriff Jake Bowman
Cochise County Sheriff's Department, AZ
EOW: Wednesday, April 25, 1888
Cause of Death: Gunfire

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

Deputy U.S. Marshal Seth Hyatt Stalcup
United States Department of Justice - United States Marshals Service, US
EOW: Thursday, April 25, 1895
Cause of Death: Gunfire

Volusia County Sheriff's Office, Florida

Sheriff Jefferson Davis Kurtz
Volusia County Sheriff's Office, FL
EOW: Thursday, April 25, 1895
Cause of Death: Gunfire

Harrodsburg Police Department, Kentucky

Policeman John Russell
Harrodsburg Police Department, KY
EOW: Saturday, April 25, 1896
Cause of Death: Gunfire

Parke County Sheriff's Department, Indiana

Deputy Sheriff William Sweem
Parke County Sheriff's Department, IN
EOW: Saturday, April 25, 1896
Cause of Death: Gunfire

Parke County Sheriff's Department, Indiana

Sheriff William D. Mull
Parke County Sheriff's Department, IN
EOW: Saturday, April 25, 1896
Cause of Death: Gunfire

Chicago Police Department, Illinois

Patrolman William F. Messenger
Chicago Police Department, IL
EOW: Thursday, April 25, 1901
Cause of Death: Gunfire

Big Spring Police Department, Texas

Deputized Civilian James P. Burk
Big Spring Police Department, TX
EOW: Thursday, April 25, 1907
Cause of Death: Gunfire

Portales Police Department, New Mexico

Deputy Sheriff William E. Tipton
Portales Police Department, NM
EOW: Thursday, April 25, 1907
Cause of Death: Gunfire

Cincinnati Police Division, Ohio

Patrolman Samuel J. Robins
Cincinnati Police Division, OH
EOW: Tuesday, April 25, 1916
Cause of Death: Gunfire

Detroit Police Department, Michigan

Police Officer Elmer M. Powers
Detroit Police Department, MI
EOW: Thursday, April 25, 1918
Cause of Death: Vehicular assault

Fort Worth Police Department, Texas

Special Officer Webster C. Gentry
Fort Worth Police Department, TX
EOW: Tuesday, April 25, 1922
Cause of Death: Drowned

Holyoke Police Department, Massachusetts

Police Officer John P. Driscoll
Holyoke Police Department, MA
EOW: Tuesday, April 25, 1922
Cause of Death: Vehicle pursuit

Scottsbluff Police Department, Nebraska

Police Officer Albert W. Peterson
Scottsbluff Police Department, NE
EOW: Wednesday, April 25, 1923
Cause of Death: Gunfire

Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe Railroad Police Department, Railroad Police

Special Agent Louis McCamant
Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe Railroad Police Department, RR
EOW: Friday, April 25, 1924
Cause of Death: Assault

Aiken County Sheriff's Office, South Carolina

Sheriff Henry Hampton Howard
Aiken County Sheriff's Office, SC
EOW: Saturday, April 25, 1925
Cause of Death: Gunfire

Troy Police Department, New York

Sergeant Thomas P. Oates
Troy Police Department, NY
EOW: Saturday, April 25, 1925
Cause of Death: Gunfire

Wyoming County Sheriff's Department, West Virginia

Deputy Sheriff William M. "Billy" Lester
Wyoming County Sheriff's Department, WV
EOW: Sunday, April 25, 1926
Cause of Death: Gunfire

Minnesota Department of Natural Resources - Enforcement Division, Minnesota

Conservation Officer Joseph Twaddle
Minnesota Department of Natural Resources - Enforcement Division, MN
EOW: Friday, April 25, 1930
Cause of Death: Struck by train

New Rochelle Police Department, New York

Patrolman Daniel F. Murphy
New Rochelle Police Department, NY
EOW: Friday, April 25, 1930
Cause of Death: Motorcycle accident

Rhode Island Department of Corrections, Rhode Island

Guard Harry McVay
Rhode Island Department of Corrections, RI
EOW: Friday, April 25, 1930
Cause of Death: Gunfire

Tarrant County Constable's Office - Precinct 5, Texas

Special Deputy Constable Bernell Looney Barton
Tarrant County Constable's Office - Precinct 5, TX
EOW: Saturday, April 25, 1931
Cause of Death: Struck by vehicle

Winchester Police Department, Indiana

Chief Troy "Zeke" Clevenger
Winchester Police Department, IN
EOW: Saturday, April 25, 1931
Cause of Death: Gunfire

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

Officer Daniel A. Romberger
United States Department of the Treasury - Customs Service, US
EOW: Monday, April 25, 1932
Cause of Death: Gunfire

Grayson County Sheriff's Office, Texas

Special Deputy Sheriff Howard Gunter
Grayson County Sheriff's Office, TX
EOW: Wednesday, April 25, 1934
Cause of Death: Automobile accident

Minnesota State Patrol, Minnesota

Trooper William S. Kozlak
Minnesota State Patrol, MN
EOW: Wednesday, April 25, 1934
Cause of Death: Motorcycle accident

Madill Police Department, Oklahoma

Chief of Police Homer Moss
Madill Police Department, OK
EOW: Thursday, April 25, 1935
Cause of Death: Gunfire

Salem Police Department, Ohio

Patrolman Edward D. Piller
Salem Police Department, OH
EOW: Saturday, April 25, 1936
Cause of Death: Motorcycle accident

Laurel County Constable's Office, Kentucky

Constable Elmer Doane
Laurel County Constable's Office, KY
EOW: Thursday, April 25, 1940
Cause of Death: Gunfire

Norfolk and Western Railroad Police Department, Railroad Police

Police Officer John W. Sutfin
Norfolk and Western Railroad Police Department, RR
EOW: Friday, April 25, 1941
Cause of Death: Gunfire

Oregon State Police, Oregon

Trooper Delmond Edward Rondeau
Oregon State Police, OR
EOW: Friday, April 25, 1947
Cause of Death: Gunfire

Campbell County Sheriff's Office, South Dakota

Sheriff Walter Albert Salzsiedler
Campbell County Sheriff's Office, SD
EOW: Monday, April 25, 1949
Cause of Death: Heart attack

Marblehead Police Department, Massachusetts

Patrol Officer Rubin A. Paine
Marblehead Police Department, MA
EOW: Tuesday, April 25, 1950
Cause of Death: Gunfire

Flint Police Department, Michigan

Police Officer Neil Krantz
Flint Police Department, MI
EOW: Wednesday, April 25, 1951
Cause of Death: Automobile accident

Loudon Police Department, Tennessee

Police Officer Sam Robert Hickey
Loudon Police Department, TN
EOW: Sunday, April 25, 1954
Cause of Death: Automobile accident

Timmonsville Police Department, South Carolina

Patrolman Lucius Victor Jenerette
Timmonsville Police Department, SC
EOW: Sunday, April 25, 1954
Cause of Death: Gunfire

New York City Police Department, New York

Sergeant Donald Wiseman
New York City Police Department, NY
EOW: Monday, April 25, 1955
Cause of Death: Automobile accident

Murray Police Department, Kentucky

Chief of Police Novel McReynolds
Murray Police Department, KY
EOW: Thursday, April 25, 1957
Cause of Death: Gunfire

Texas Department of Public Safety - Texas Highway Patrol, Texas

Patrolman Darvin K. Hogg
Texas Department of Public Safety - Texas Highway Patrol, TX
EOW: Monday, April 25, 1966
Cause of Death: Gunfire

Southern Railroad Police Department, Railroad Police

Sergeant Jack R. Armstrong
Southern Railroad Police Department, RR
EOW: Thursday, April 25, 1968
Cause of Death: Gunfire

United States Department of Justice - Federal Bureau of Investigation, U.S. Government

Special Agent Douglas Merrell Price
United States Department of Justice - Federal Bureau of Investigation, US
EOW: Thursday, April 25, 1968
Cause of Death: Gunfire

Pennsylvania State Police, Pennsylvania

Trooper Bruce Clark Rankin
Pennsylvania State Police, PA
EOW: Wednesday, April 25, 1973
Cause of Death: Automobile accident

Puerto Rico Police Department, Puerto Rico

Special Agent Wilmer Fuentes-Villanueva
Puerto Rico Police Department, PR
EOW: Friday, April 25, 1975
Cause of Death: Gunfire

Virginia State Police, Virginia

Investigator Claude Everett Seymour
Virginia State Police, VA
EOW: Friday, April 25, 1975
Cause of Death: Automobile accident

Clio Police Department, South Carolina

Sergeant Julian Branch
Clio Police Department, SC
EOW: Sunday, April 25, 1976
Cause of Death: Gunfire

Sacramento County Sheriff's Department, California

Deputy Sheriff Eugene N. Luther
Sacramento County Sheriff's Department, CA
EOW: Friday, April 25, 1980
Cause of Death: Gunfire

Montrose Police Department, Colorado

Officer Larry F. McMaster
Montrose Police Department, CO
EOW: Monday, April 25, 1983
Cause of Death: Gunfire

Columbus Division of Police, Ohio

Police Officer Raymond E. Radel
Columbus Division of Police, OH
EOW: Thursday, April 25, 1991
Cause of Death: Automobile accident

Sacramento Police Department, California

Officer Michael David Gartrell
Sacramento Police Department, CA
EOW: Thursday, April 25, 1991
Cause of Death: Vehicle pursuit

Bethlehem Police Department, Pennsylvania

Patrolman Daniel E. Rice
Bethlehem Police Department, PA
EOW: Friday, April 25, 1997
Cause of Death: Automobile accident

Dallas Police Department, Texas

Police Officer Henry Allen Brown
Dallas Police Department, TX
EOW: Friday, April 25, 1997
Cause of Death: Struck by vehicle

Indiana State Police, Indiana

Trooper Andrew Patrick Winzenread
Indiana State Police, IN
EOW: Friday, April 25, 1997
Cause of Death: Struck by vehicle

Millbrae Police Department, California

Patrolman David John Chetcuti
Millbrae Police Department, CA
EOW: Saturday, April 25, 1998
Cause of Death: Gunfire

Waverly Police Department, Virginia

Patrolman Allen William Gibson, Jr.
Waverly Police Department, VA
EOW: Saturday, April 25, 1998
Cause of Death: Gunfire

Chatsworth Police Department, Georgia

Police Officer Johnathan "Cole" Martin
Chatsworth Police Department, GA
EOW: Friday, April 25, 2003
Cause of Death: Automobile accident

San Diego Police Department, California

Police Officer Gerald Kieffer Griffin, Jr.
San Diego Police Department, CA
EOW: Friday, April 25, 2003
Cause of Death: Struck by vehicle

Illinois State University Police Department, Illinois

Detective Anthony J. "Tony" Hosey
Illinois State University Police Department, IL
EOW: Monday, April 25, 2005
Cause of Death: Automobile accident

Tuscaloosa Police Department, Alabama

Patrolman Harold Loyd Thorne, Jr.
Tuscaloosa Police Department, AL
EOW: Monday, April 25, 2005
Cause of Death: Heart attack

Montgomery County Police Department, Maryland

Police Officer Luke T. Hoffman
Montgomery County Police Department, MD
EOW: Wednesday, April 25, 2007
Cause of Death: Struck by vehicle

New York State Police, New York

Trooper David Brinkerhoff
New York State Police, NY
EOW: Wednesday, April 25, 2007
Cause of Death: Gunfire (Accidental)

United States Department of Homeland Security - Customs and Border Protection - Air and Marine, U.S. Government

Air Interdiction Agent Clinton B. Thrasher
United States Department of Homeland Security - Customs and Border Protection - Air and Marine, US
EOW: Wednesday, April 25, 2007
Cause of Death: Aircraft accident

Okaloosa County Sheriff's Office, Florida

Deputy Sheriff Burton "Burt" Lopez
Okaloosa County Sheriff's Office, FL
EOW: Saturday, April 25, 2009
Cause of Death: Gunfire

Okaloosa County Sheriff's Office, Florida

Deputy Sheriff Warren Keith "Skip" York
Okaloosa County Sheriff's Office, FL
EOW: Saturday, April 25, 2009
Cause of Death: Gunfire

Vance County Sheriff's Office, North Carolina

Deputy Sheriff Brandon Scott Coker
Vance County Sheriff's Office, NC
EOW: Saturday, April 25, 2009
Cause of Death: Automobile accident

Vilas County Sheriff's Department, Wisconsin

Deputy Sheriff Kory Elwyn Dahlvig
Vilas County Sheriff's Department, WI
EOW: Sunday, April 25, 2010
Cause of Death: Vehicular assault

This Day in History

 

Total Line of Duty Deaths: 67

Aircraft accident: 1
Assault: 1
Automobile accident: 11
Drowned: 1
Gunfire: 37
Gunfire (Accidental): 1
Heart attack: 2
Motorcycle accident: 3
Struck by train: 1
Struck by vehicle: 5
Vehicle pursuit: 2
Vehicular assault: 2

 

By State

Alabama: 1
Arizona: 1
California: 4
Colorado: 2
Florida: 3
Georgia: 1
Illinois: 2
Indiana: 4
Kentucky: 3
Maryland: 1
Massachusetts: 2
Michigan: 2
Minnesota: 2
Missouri: 1
Nebraska: 1
New Mexico: 1
New York: 4
North Carolina: 1
Ohio: 3
Oklahoma: 1
Oregon: 1
Pennsylvania: 2
Puerto Rico: 1
Railroad Police: 3
Rhode Island: 1
South Carolina: 3
South Dakota: 1
Tennessee: 1
Texas: 6
U.S. Government: 4
Virginia: 2
West Virginia: 1
Wisconsin: 1
 
 
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