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Officers Killed on This Day in History
New York City Watch, New York

Watchman Christian Luswanger
New York City Watch, NY
EOW: Thursday, December 25, 1806
Cause of Death: Stabbed

Savannah Police Department, Georgia

Patrolman John D. Sullivan
Savannah Police Department, GA
EOW: Saturday, December 25, 1869
Cause of Death: Gunfire

United States Department of the Interior - Bureau of Indian Affairs - Division of Law Enforcement, U.S. Government

Deputy Sheriff John Green
United States Department of the Interior - Bureau of Indian Affairs - Division of Law Enforcement, US
EOW: Wednesday, December 25, 1878
Cause of Death: Gunfire

Denison Police Department, Texas

Police Officer Absalom Kyle McCarty
Denison Police Department, TX
EOW: Monday, December 25, 1882
Cause of Death: Gunfire

Bradford County Sheriff's Office, Florida

Sheriff George Washington Epperson
Bradford County Sheriff's Office, FL
EOW: Friday, December 25, 1885
Cause of Death: Gunfire

Jesup Police Department, Georgia

Deputy Marshal Matthew Barnhill
Jesup Police Department, GA
EOW: Wednesday, December 25, 1889
Cause of Death: Gunfire

Gainesville Police Department, Georgia

Chief of Police William James Kittrell
Gainesville Police Department, GA
EOW: Thursday, December 25, 1890
Cause of Death: Gunfire

Falls County Constable's Office - Precinct 7, Texas

Deputy Constable Tom H. Loftin
Falls County Constable's Office - Precinct 7, TX
EOW: Tuesday, December 25, 1894
Cause of Death: Gunfire (Accidental)

Orleans Police Department, Indiana

Deputy Marshal Columbus Brown
Orleans Police Department, IN
EOW: Wednesday, December 25, 1895
Cause of Death: Gunfire

Cincinnati Police Division, Ohio

Patrolman Louis Edward Klusman
Cincinnati Police Division, OH
EOW: Friday, December 25, 1896
Cause of Death: Animal related

Dallas Police Department, Texas

Officer William McDuff
Dallas Police Department, TX
EOW: Friday, December 25, 1896
Cause of Death: Gunfire

Hot Springs Police Department, Arkansas

Chief of Detectives John Donahue
Hot Springs Police Department, AR
EOW: Thursday, December 25, 1902
Cause of Death: Gunfire

Ringwood Police Department, Oklahoma

City Marshal L. Elmer Ferguson
Ringwood Police Department, OK
EOW: Friday, December 25, 1903
Cause of Death: Gunfire

Leslie County Sheriff's Office, Kentucky

Deputy Sheriff Mack Roberts
Leslie County Sheriff's Office, KY
EOW: Monday, December 25, 1905
Cause of Death: Gunfire

St. Petersburg Police Department, Florida

Chief of Police James J. Mitchell
St. Petersburg Police Department, FL
EOW: Monday, December 25, 1905
Cause of Death: Stabbed

Booneville Police Department, Arkansas

Deputy Chief Marshal James Leonard Holland
Booneville Police Department, AR
EOW: Tuesday, December 25, 1906
Cause of Death: Gunfire

Sullivan County Sheriff's Department, Tennessee

Special Deputy Lee Eldridge
Sullivan County Sheriff's Department, TN
EOW: Wednesday, December 25, 1907
Cause of Death: Gunfire

Puerto Rico Police Department, Puerto Rico

Corporal Juan Roig-Loyola
Puerto Rico Police Department, PR
EOW: Friday, December 25, 1908
Cause of Death: Gunfire

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

Deputy Marshal John C. Mullins
United States Department of Justice - United States Marshals Service, US
EOW: Friday, December 25, 1908
Cause of Death: Gunfire

Jefferson County Sheriff's Department, Alabama

Deputy Sheriff David Olius "Ollie" Battle
Jefferson County Sheriff's Department, AL
EOW: Sunday, December 25, 1910
Cause of Death: Gunfire

Tulsa County Sheriff's Office, Oklahoma

Deputy Sheriff John Ernst
Tulsa County Sheriff's Office, OK
EOW: Sunday, December 25, 1910
Cause of Death: Gunfire

Los Angeles Police Department, California

Policeman Floyd C. Eiler
Los Angeles Police Department, CA
EOW: Monday, December 25, 1911
Cause of Death: Gunfire

Midvale Police Department, Utah

Police Officer William "Billie" Nelson
Midvale Police Department, UT
EOW: Wednesday, December 25, 1912
Cause of Death: Gunfire

Gervais Police Department, Oregon

Marshal John Zoller
Gervais Police Department, OR
EOW: Thursday, December 25, 1913
Cause of Death: Gunfire

Poughkeepsie City Police Department, New York

Officer Otto Albertson
Poughkeepsie City Police Department, NY
EOW: Monday, December 25, 1916
Cause of Death: Fire

Barbourville Police Department, Kentucky

Chief of Police Russell Baker
Barbourville Police Department, KY
EOW: Sunday, December 25, 1921
Cause of Death: Gunfire

Dormont Police Department, Pennsylvania

Police Officer Joseph A. Coghill
Dormont Police Department, PA
EOW: Sunday, December 25, 1921
Cause of Death: Gunfire

Quincy Police Department, Massachusetts

Patrolman Joseph T. Connor
Quincy Police Department, MA
EOW: Monday, December 25, 1922
Cause of Death: Duty related illness

South Bend Police Department, Indiana

Patrolman Neil McIntyre
South Bend Police Department, IN
EOW: Tuesday, December 25, 1923
Cause of Death: Motorcycle accident

Mandan Police Department, North Dakota

Chief of Police Nels H. Romer
Mandan Police Department, ND
EOW: Saturday, December 25, 1926
Cause of Death: Gunfire

Pine Bluff Police Department, Arkansas

Detective Homer C. Nuckolls
Pine Bluff Police Department, AR
EOW: Saturday, December 25, 1926
Cause of Death: Gunfire

Boston Police Department, Massachusetts

Patrolman Herbert D. Allen
Boston Police Department, MA
EOW: Sunday, December 25, 1927
Cause of Death: Motorcycle accident

Dayton Police Department, Ohio

Patrolman Walter E. Rauch
Dayton Police Department, OH
EOW: Sunday, December 25, 1927
Cause of Death: Gunfire

Marion County Sheriff's Department, Tennessee

Sheriff George Washington "Wash" Coppinger
Marion County Sheriff's Department, TN
EOW: Sunday, December 25, 1927
Cause of Death: Gunfire

Marion County Sheriff's Department, Tennessee

Deputy Sheriff Langford Hennessey
Marion County Sheriff's Department, TN
EOW: Sunday, December 25, 1927
Cause of Death: Gunfire

Coral Gables Police Department, Florida

Sergeant Francis Cyril Guest
Coral Gables Police Department, FL
EOW: Tuesday, December 25, 1928
Cause of Death: Vehicular assault

United States Department of Labor - Immigration Service - United States Border Patrol, U.S. Government

Patrol Inspector Robert H. Lobdell
United States Department of Labor - Immigration Service - United States Border Patrol, US
EOW: Tuesday, December 25, 1928
Cause of Death: Gunfire

Owsley County Sheriff's Office, Kentucky

Deputy Sheriff John Mosley
Owsley County Sheriff's Office, KY
EOW: Thursday, December 25, 1930
Cause of Death: Gunfire

San Antonio Police Department, Texas

Police Officer Raleigh W. Taylor
San Antonio Police Department, TX
EOW: Thursday, December 25, 1930
Cause of Death: Motorcycle accident

Atkinson County Sheriff's Office, Georgia

Deputy Sheriff Berry Palmer
Atkinson County Sheriff's Office, GA
EOW: Friday, December 25, 1931
Cause of Death: Explosion

Harlan County Sheriff's Department, Kentucky

Deputy Sheriff Owen Woodford Sizemore
Harlan County Sheriff's Department, KY
EOW: Friday, December 25, 1931
Cause of Death: Gunfire

Louisville and Nashville Railroad Police Department, Railroad Police

Patrolman James D. Turner
Louisville and Nashville Railroad Police Department, RR
EOW: Friday, December 25, 1931
Cause of Death: Gunfire

South Carolina Highway Patrol, South Carolina

Patrolman Edwin D. Milam
South Carolina Highway Patrol, SC
EOW: Tuesday, December 25, 1934
Cause of Death: Gunfire

Butte Police Department, Montana

Policeman Thomas J. O'Neill
Butte Police Department, MT
EOW: Wednesday, December 25, 1935
Cause of Death: Gunfire

New York City Police Department, New York

Patrolman Joseph P. Reiner
New York City Police Department, NY
EOW: Wednesday, December 25, 1935
Cause of Death: Vehicular assault

San Francisco Police Department, California

Officer Waldemar L. Jentzsch
San Francisco Police Department, CA
EOW: Saturday, December 25, 1937
Cause of Death: Vehicle pursuit

Union Police Department, Mississippi

Town Marshal John James Speed
Union Police Department, MS
EOW: Saturday, December 25, 1937
Cause of Death: Gunfire (Accidental)

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

Investigator William Edward Smith
United States Department of the Treasury - Internal Revenue Service - Alcohol Tax Unit, US
EOW: Saturday, December 25, 1937
Cause of Death: Vehicle pursuit

Southern Pines Police Department, North Carolina

Chief of Police Jasper Addison Gargis
Southern Pines Police Department, NC
EOW: Monday, December 25, 1939
Cause of Death: Heart attack

Los Angeles Police Department, California

Policeman W. G. Chamberlain
Los Angeles Police Department, CA
EOW: Thursday, December 25, 1941
Cause of Death: Motorcycle accident

Philadelphia Police Department, Pennsylvania

Policeman William J. Henderson
Philadelphia Police Department, PA
EOW: Thursday, December 25, 1941
Cause of Death: Struck by vehicle

St. Petersburg Police Department, Florida

Officer James J. Goodson
St. Petersburg Police Department, FL
EOW: Thursday, December 25, 1947
Cause of Death: Gunfire

Johnstown Police Department, Pennsylvania

Sergeant Joseph L. Hojak
Johnstown Police Department, PA
EOW: Sunday, December 25, 1949
Cause of Death: Heart attack

Magoffin County Sheriff's Office, Kentucky

Deputy Sheriff Bill Miller
Magoffin County Sheriff's Office, KY
EOW: Tuesday, December 25, 1951
Cause of Death: Gunfire

Enfield Police Department, Connecticut

Patrolman Joseph Pych
Enfield Police Department, CT
EOW: Saturday, December 25, 1954
Cause of Death: Automobile accident

Stuart Police Department, Iowa

Night Marshal Charles Loucks
Stuart Police Department, IA
EOW: Saturday, December 25, 1954
Cause of Death: Assault

Fort Worth Police Department, Texas

Police Officer Marvin Elton Wills
Fort Worth Police Department, TX
EOW: Sunday, December 25, 1955
Cause of Death: Gunfire

Philadelphia Police Department, Pennsylvania

Auxiliary Policeman William James Henhoeffer
Philadelphia Police Department, PA
EOW: Sunday, December 25, 1955
Cause of Death: Vehicular assault

Anderson Police Department, South Carolina

Patrolman William Ligon Acker
Anderson Police Department, SC
EOW: Tuesday, December 25, 1956
Cause of Death: Struck by vehicle

Dalton Police Department, Georgia

Officer Maurice W. Phillips, Sr.
Dalton Police Department, GA
EOW: Tuesday, December 25, 1956
Cause of Death: Gunfire (Accidental)

Archbald Borough Police Department, Pennsylvania

Police Officer Dominic Paparelli
Archbald Borough Police Department, PA
EOW: Sunday, December 25, 1960
Cause of Death: Struck by vehicle

Tulia Police Department, Texas

Assistant Chief Robert Henry Potter
Tulia Police Department, TX
EOW: Sunday, December 25, 1960
Cause of Death: Gunfire

Caro Police Department, Michigan

Police Officer William O. Putnam
Caro Police Department, MI
EOW: Monday, December 25, 1961
Cause of Death: Heart attack

Baltimore City Police Department, Maryland

Sergeant Jack Lee Cooper
Baltimore City Police Department, MD
EOW: Friday, December 25, 1964
Cause of Death: Gunfire

Washington County Sheriff's Office, Idaho

Deputy Sheriff James M. Alexander
Washington County Sheriff's Office, ID
EOW: Saturday, December 25, 1965
Cause of Death: Gunfire

Cook County Sheriff's Office - Department of Court Services, Illinois

Deputy Sheriff Frank Earl Dannenberg
Cook County Sheriff's Office - Department of Court Services, IL
EOW: Monday, December 25, 1967
Cause of Death: Assault

Nassau County Police Department, New York

Detective Kathleen M. Reilly
Nassau County Police Department, NY
EOW: Monday, December 25, 1967
Cause of Death: Struck by vehicle

South Carolina Highway Patrol, South Carolina

Patrolman Jimmy A. Traylor
South Carolina Highway Patrol, SC
EOW: Friday, December 25, 1970
Cause of Death: Gunfire

North Carolina Highway Patrol, North Carolina

Patrolman Leonard Meeks, Jr.
North Carolina Highway Patrol, NC
EOW: Monday, December 25, 1972
Cause of Death: Automobile accident

Evarts Police Department, Kentucky

Chief of Police George H. King
Evarts Police Department, KY
EOW: Tuesday, December 25, 1973
Cause of Death: Gunfire (Accidental)

Amarillo Police Department, Texas

Patrolman Berry Joe McGuire
Amarillo Police Department, TX
EOW: Thursday, December 25, 1980
Cause of Death: Gunfire

Birmingham Police Department, Alabama

Police Officer Edward K. Alley, Jr.
Birmingham Police Department, AL
EOW: Thursday, December 25, 1980
Cause of Death: Gunfire

California Highway Patrol, California

Officer Gerald Eldin Dormaier
California Highway Patrol, CA
EOW: Thursday, December 25, 1980
Cause of Death: Struck by vehicle

Daytona Beach Police Department, Florida

Officer Sam E. Etheredge, Jr.
Daytona Beach Police Department, FL
EOW: Thursday, December 25, 1980
Cause of Death: Gunfire

Pottawatomie County Sheriff's Office, Oklahoma

Sheriff William M. "Billy" Phillips
Pottawatomie County Sheriff's Office, OK
EOW: Thursday, December 25, 1980
Cause of Death: Automobile accident

Puerto Rico Police Department, Puerto Rico

Policeman Guadalupe Sanchez-Morales
Puerto Rico Police Department, PR
EOW: Saturday, December 25, 1982
Cause of Death: Automobile accident

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

Corrections Employee Gregory J. Gunter
United States Department of Justice - Federal Bureau of Prisons, US
EOW: Saturday, December 25, 1982
Cause of Death: Stabbed

Metro-Dade Police Department, Florida

Detective Robert L. Zore
Metro-Dade Police Department, FL
EOW: Sunday, December 25, 1983
Cause of Death: Gunfire

Marion County Sheriff's Department, Indiana

Lieutenant Thurman Earl Sharp
Marion County Sheriff's Department, IN
EOW: Sunday, December 25, 1988
Cause of Death: Gunfire

Philadelphia Police Department, Pennsylvania

Police Officer Freddie Dukes
Philadelphia Police Department, PA
EOW: Tuesday, December 25, 1990
Cause of Death: Gunfire

Orange County Sheriff's Department, California

Deputy Darryn Leroy Robins
Orange County Sheriff's Department, CA
EOW: Saturday, December 25, 1993
Cause of Death: Gunfire (Accidental)

Rostraver Police Department, Pennsylvania

Officer George A. Dzyak
Rostraver Police Department, PA
EOW: Saturday, December 25, 1993
Cause of Death: Heart attack

Lake Charles Police Department, Louisiana

Police Officer Jerome Harrison Seaberry, Sr.
Lake Charles Police Department, LA
EOW: Monday, December 25, 1995
Cause of Death: Automobile accident

Davidson Police Department, North Carolina

Patrolman Mark Allen Swaney
Davidson Police Department, NC
EOW: Thursday, December 25, 1997
Cause of Death: Gunfire

New Bern Police Department, North Carolina

Detective Donald Miller
New Bern Police Department, NC
EOW: Tuesday, December 25, 2001
Cause of Death: Gunfire

Kenai Police Department, Alaska

Police Officer John Patrick Watson
Kenai Police Department, AK
EOW: Thursday, December 25, 2003
Cause of Death: Gunfire

Jersey City Police Department, New Jersey

Police Officer Shawn Carson
Jersey City Police Department, NJ
EOW: Sunday, December 25, 2005
Cause of Death: Automobile accident

Jersey City Police Department, New Jersey

Police Officer Robert Nguyen
Jersey City Police Department, NJ
EOW: Sunday, December 25, 2005
Cause of Death: Automobile accident

Avon Park Police Department, Florida

Sergeant Marc Charles Wilbur
Avon Park Police Department, FL
EOW: Thursday, December 25, 2008
Cause of Death: Heart attack

Missouri State Highway Patrol, Missouri

Corporal Dennis Edward Engelhard
Missouri State Highway Patrol, MO
EOW: Friday, December 25, 2009
Cause of Death: Struck by vehicle

Uvalde County Sheriff's Department, Texas

Deputy Sheriff Michael Ray Schaefer
Uvalde County Sheriff's Department, TX
EOW: Saturday, December 25, 2010
Cause of Death: Heart attack

This Day in History

 

Total Line of Duty Deaths: 91

Animal related: 1
Assault: 2
Automobile accident: 7
Duty related illness: 1
Explosion: 1
Fire: 1
Gunfire: 49
Gunfire (Accidental): 5
Heart attack: 6
Motorcycle accident: 4
Stabbed: 3
Struck by vehicle: 6
Vehicle pursuit: 2
Vehicular assault: 3

 

By State

Alabama: 2
Alaska: 1
Arkansas: 3
California: 5
Connecticut: 1
Florida: 7
Georgia: 5
Idaho: 1
Illinois: 1
Indiana: 3
Iowa: 1
Kentucky: 6
Louisiana: 1
Maryland: 1
Massachusetts: 2
Michigan: 1
Mississippi: 1
Missouri: 1
Montana: 1
New Jersey: 2
New York: 4
North Carolina: 4
North Dakota: 1
Ohio: 2
Oklahoma: 3
Oregon: 1
Pennsylvania: 7
Puerto Rico: 2
Railroad Police: 1
South Carolina: 3
Tennessee: 3
Texas: 8
U.S. Government: 5
Utah: 1
 
 
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