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Honoring Officers Killed in 1944
New York City Police Department, New York

Patrolman Patrick Joseph Malone
New York City Police Department, NY
EOW: Wednesday, January 5, 1944
Cause of Death: Vehicular assault

Ellis County Sheriff's Department, Texas

Deputy Sheriff Jess Claude White
Ellis County Sheriff's Department, TX
EOW: Saturday, January 8, 1944
Cause of Death: Gunfire

Cleveland Police Department, Ohio

Sergeant Patrick Ryan
Cleveland Police Department, OH
EOW: Friday, January 14, 1944
Cause of Death: Automobile accident

United States War Department - Naval Civilian Police, U.S. Government

Sergeant Irving I. Snyder
United States War Department - Naval Civilian Police, US
EOW: Friday, January 14, 1944
Cause of Death: Heart attack

Branchville Police Department, South Carolina

Chief of Police Walter S. Dukes
Branchville Police Department, SC
EOW: Sunday, January 16, 1944
Cause of Death: Gunfire

Orangeburg County Sheriff's Office, South Carolina

Deputy Sheriff Gary E. Fairy
Orangeburg County Sheriff's Office, SC
EOW: Thursday, January 20, 1944
Cause of Death: Gunfire

Puerto Rico Police Department, Puerto Rico

Policeman Ernesto Torres-Rivera
Puerto Rico Police Department, PR
EOW: Saturday, January 22, 1944
Cause of Death: Gunfire

Williamson County Constable's Office, Tennessee

Constable Clarence Wesley Reed
Williamson County Constable's Office, TN
EOW: Friday, January 28, 1944
Cause of Death: Gunfire

Baltimore City Police Department, Maryland

Police Officer Joseph C. Waldsachs
Baltimore City Police Department, MD
EOW: Saturday, January 29, 1944
Cause of Death: Fall

New York City Police Department, New York

Patrolman Eugene J. Mahoney
New York City Police Department, NY
EOW: Sunday, February 6, 1944
Cause of Death: Automobile accident

Cadwell Police Department, Georgia

Chief of Police John James Faircloth
Cadwell Police Department, GA
EOW: Sunday, February 6, 1944
Cause of Death: Gunfire

Crittenden County Sheriff's Department, Arkansas

Deputy Sheriff Roy Curtis
Crittenden County Sheriff's Department, AR
EOW: Wednesday, February 9, 1944
Cause of Death: Gunfire

Greenwich Police Department, Connecticut

Police Officer Joseph P. McCormack
Greenwich Police Department, CT
EOW: Thursday, February 10, 1944
Cause of Death: Gunfire

Leesburg Police Department, Florida

Police Officer Jesse F. Beerbower
Leesburg Police Department, FL
EOW: Sunday, February 13, 1944
Cause of Death: Gunfire

California Highway Patrol, California

Officer Forrest C. Gerken
California Highway Patrol, CA
EOW: Tuesday, February 15, 1944
Cause of Death: Motorcycle accident

Los Angeles Police Department, California

Policeman James O. Summers
Los Angeles Police Department, CA
EOW: Saturday, March 4, 1944
Cause of Death: Heart attack

Riverside Police Department, California

Police Officer Arthur Simpson
Riverside Police Department, CA
EOW: Sunday, March 5, 1944
Cause of Death: Gunfire

Chemung County Sheriff's Department, New York

Deputy Sheriff Roy Bower Hazen
Chemung County Sheriff's Department, NY
EOW: Thursday, March 9, 1944
Cause of Death: Automobile accident

Chemung County Sheriff's Department, New York

Deputy Sheriff Gordon E. Brinthaupt
Chemung County Sheriff's Department, NY
EOW: Thursday, March 9, 1944
Cause of Death: Automobile accident

California Highway Patrol, California

Sergeant Forest Underwood
California Highway Patrol, CA
EOW: Thursday, March 9, 1944
Cause of Death: Gunfire

St. Joseph Police Department, Missouri

Patrolman Alva N. Mead
St. Joseph Police Department, MO
EOW: Saturday, March 18, 1944
Cause of Death: Gunfire

New York City Police Department, New York

Patrolman Arthur F. Eggers
New York City Police Department, NY
EOW: Monday, March 27, 1944
Cause of Death: Struck by vehicle

Lorain Police Department, Ohio

Patrolman George Kirk
Lorain Police Department, OH
EOW: Thursday, March 30, 1944
Cause of Death: Fall

Franklin County Sheriff's Department, Tennessee

Deputy Sheriff John Edward Penney
Franklin County Sheriff's Department, TN
EOW: Thursday, April 6, 1944
Cause of Death: Gunfire

Waycross Police Department, Georgia

Captain Pierce W. Farr
Waycross Police Department, GA
EOW: Sunday, April 9, 1944
Cause of Death: Gunfire

South Pasadena Police Department, California

Police Officer Ray E. Rogers
South Pasadena Police Department, CA
EOW: Saturday, April 15, 1944
Cause of Death: Motorcycle accident

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

Private Joseph E. Shawhan
United States Department of the Interior - United States Park Police, US
EOW: Saturday, April 15, 1944
Cause of Death: Automobile accident

Beaumont Police Department, Texas

Motorcycle Officer Gordon Udell Warrick
Beaumont Police Department, TX
EOW: Saturday, April 15, 1944
Cause of Death: Vehicular assault

Oakland Police Department, California

Police Officer Wallace J. Muscovich
Oakland Police Department, CA
EOW: Sunday, April 23, 1944
Cause of Death: Gunfire

Toledo Police Department, Ohio

Patrolman Fred Disel
Toledo Police Department, OH
EOW: Saturday, May 6, 1944
Cause of Death: Motorcycle accident

San Antonio Police Department, Texas

Detective Michael J. Ellis, Jr.
San Antonio Police Department, TX
EOW: Thursday, May 11, 1944
Cause of Death: Gunfire

New York City Police Department, New York

Sergeant Joseph Curtis
New York City Police Department, NY
EOW: Friday, May 12, 1944
Cause of Death: Heart attack

Bristol Police Department, Connecticut

Supernumerary Ernest W. Schilke
Bristol Police Department, CT
EOW: Wednesday, May 17, 1944
Cause of Death: Exposure to toxins

California Highway Patrol, California

Officer John A. Reed
California Highway Patrol, CA
EOW: Thursday, May 18, 1944
Cause of Death: Vehicle pursuit

Kentucky Highway Patrol, Kentucky

Patrolman Houston Greene
Kentucky Highway Patrol, KY
EOW: Thursday, May 18, 1944
Cause of Death: Gunfire

Philadelphia Police Department, Pennsylvania

Police Officer Eugene J. Chavis
Philadelphia Police Department, PA
EOW: Saturday, May 20, 1944
Cause of Death: Vehicular assault

Cameron County Constable's Office - Precinct 4, Texas

Constable Lee Olen Jones
Cameron County Constable's Office - Precinct 4, TX
EOW: Sunday, May 21, 1944
Cause of Death: Gunfire

Wake Forest Police Department, North Carolina

Constable John L. Taylor
Wake Forest Police Department, NC
EOW: Tuesday, May 30, 1944
Cause of Death: Gunfire

Detroit Police Department, Michigan

Police Officer John E. Zeh
Detroit Police Department, MI
EOW: Sunday, June 4, 1944
Cause of Death: Motorcycle accident

Connecticut State Police, Connecticut

Lieutenant Kenneth W. Stevens
Connecticut State Police, CT
EOW: Tuesday, June 6, 1944
Cause of Death: Heart attack

Minneapolis Police Department, Minnesota

Sergeant John W. O'Neil
Minneapolis Police Department, MN
EOW: Wednesday, June 7, 1944
Cause of Death: Drowned

Lynn County Sheriff's Department, Texas

Deputy Sheriff Con Burns
Lynn County Sheriff's Department, TX
EOW: Thursday, June 8, 1944
Cause of Death: Gunfire

Union Police Department, Mississippi

Town Marshal George I. "Senie" Worthen
Union Police Department, MS
EOW: Sunday, June 11, 1944
Cause of Death: Gunfire

Pierre Police Department, South Dakota

Patrolman Alva H. Burnett
Pierre Police Department, SD
EOW: Monday, June 12, 1944
Cause of Death: Gunfire

Dallas County Sheriff's Department, Arkansas

Deputy Sheriff William E. Atkinson
Dallas County Sheriff's Department, AR
EOW: Monday, June 12, 1944
Cause of Death: Vehicle pursuit

New York City Police Department, New York

Patrolman Elliote Holmes
New York City Police Department, NY
EOW: Thursday, June 15, 1944
Cause of Death: Heart attack

Niagara County Sheriff's Office, New York

Sheriff Fred A. Bigalow
Niagara County Sheriff's Office, NY
EOW: Monday, June 19, 1944
Cause of Death: Gunfire

Texas Department of Criminal Justice, Texas

Guard George T. Preston
Texas Department of Criminal Justice, TX
EOW: Tuesday, June 20, 1944
Cause of Death: Gunfire

Oregon State Police, Oregon

Trooper George R. Cameron
Oregon State Police, OR
EOW: Wednesday, July 5, 1944
Cause of Death: Struck by vehicle

Wilmington Police Department, Delaware

Patrolman Willard E. Pruitt, Jr.
Wilmington Police Department, DE
EOW: Friday, July 7, 1944
Cause of Death: Vehicle pursuit

Taylorsville Police Department, North Carolina

Chief of Police Dexter A. Millsaps
Taylorsville Police Department, NC
EOW: Sunday, July 9, 1944
Cause of Death: Gunfire

Cincinnati Police Division, Ohio

Patrolman John W. Neal
Cincinnati Police Division, OH
EOW: Thursday, July 13, 1944
Cause of Death: Motorcycle accident

Bowdon Police Department, Georgia

Policeman William Jim Stallings
Bowdon Police Department, GA
EOW: Sunday, July 16, 1944
Cause of Death: Gunfire

Pennsylvania Department of Corrections, Pennsylvania

Guard Edwin H. Lichtenberger
Pennsylvania Department of Corrections, PA
EOW: Monday, July 17, 1944
Cause of Death: Assault

Beacon Police Department, New York

Police Officer Joseph Dardis
Beacon Police Department, NY
EOW: Monday, July 24, 1944
Cause of Death: Heart attack

Clendenin Police Department, West Virginia

Police Officer J. Wesley Moore
Clendenin Police Department, WV
EOW: Thursday, July 27, 1944
Cause of Death: Gunfire

Gastonia Police Department, North Carolina

Patrolman Bryant Kirn Birt
Gastonia Police Department, NC
EOW: Saturday, July 29, 1944
Cause of Death: Automobile accident

Floyd County Constable's Office, Kentucky

Deputy Constable Silas Johnson
Floyd County Constable's Office, KY
EOW: Sunday, July 30, 1944
Cause of Death: Gunfire

Gastonia Police Department, North Carolina

Patrolman Charlie Vestel Murphy
Gastonia Police Department, NC
EOW: Tuesday, August 1, 1944
Cause of Death: Heart attack

Tennessee Highway Patrol, Tennessee

Patrolman William H. Crutcher
Tennessee Highway Patrol, TN
EOW: Thursday, August 3, 1944
Cause of Death: Motorcycle accident

Cross County Sheriff's Department, Arkansas

Deputy Sheriff C. L. Holt
Cross County Sheriff's Department, AR
EOW: Friday, August 4, 1944
Cause of Death: Gunfire

Illinois State Police, Illinois

Trooper Charles J. Deans
Illinois State Police, IL
EOW: Tuesday, August 8, 1944
Cause of Death: Motorcycle accident

Pensacola Police Department, Florida

Police Officer Edward O'Brien Pursell
Pensacola Police Department, FL
EOW: Saturday, August 12, 1944
Cause of Death: Heart attack

Barton County Sheriff's Department, Missouri

Sheriff Roy Patterson
Barton County Sheriff's Department, MO
EOW: Thursday, August 17, 1944
Cause of Death: Gunfire

Bastrop Police Department, Louisiana

Police Officer David Madison White, Sr.
Bastrop Police Department, LA
EOW: Monday, August 21, 1944
Cause of Death: Assault

Webster Springs Police Department, West Virginia

Police Officer E. Holt Hammon
Webster Springs Police Department, WV
EOW: Saturday, September 2, 1944
Cause of Death: Gunfire

Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office, Florida

Deputy Robert Max Suarez
Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office, FL
EOW: Sunday, September 3, 1944
Cause of Death: Gunfire

Madison County Sheriff's Office, Mississippi

Deputy Sheriff Thomas M. Plummer, Jr.
Madison County Sheriff's Office, MS
EOW: Sunday, September 17, 1944
Cause of Death: Gunfire

Boston Police Department, Massachusetts

Patrolman John Lynch
Boston Police Department, MA
EOW: Tuesday, September 19, 1944
Cause of Death: Assault

United States Department of the Treasury - Bureau of Narcotics, U.S. Government

Narcotics Agent Andrew P. Sanderson
United States Department of the Treasury - Bureau of Narcotics, US
EOW: Saturday, September 23, 1944
Cause of Death: Automobile accident

Mobile Police Department, Alabama

Officer Pierce Lee Reeves
Mobile Police Department, AL
EOW: Sunday, September 24, 1944
Cause of Death: Motorcycle accident

Chicago Police Department, Illinois

Detective Ellwood S. Egan, Sr.
Chicago Police Department, IL
EOW: Tuesday, October 3, 1944
Cause of Death: Gunfire (Accidental)

Charleston Police Department, South Carolina

Lieutenant Keith Ellsworth
Charleston Police Department, SC
EOW: Friday, October 6, 1944
Cause of Death: Gunfire

Kentucky Highway Patrol, Kentucky

Patrolman Vadas G. Richardson
Kentucky Highway Patrol, KY
EOW: Saturday, October 7, 1944
Cause of Death: Gunfire

Tulsa Police Department, Oklahoma

Police Officer Walter C. Busch
Tulsa Police Department, OK
EOW: Tuesday, October 10, 1944
Cause of Death: Vehicle pursuit

Jasper Police Department, Alabama

Police Officer John Alfred Salters, Sr.
Jasper Police Department, AL
EOW: Friday, October 13, 1944
Cause of Death: Gunfire

Hamilton County Sheriff's Office, Ohio

Special Deputy Sheriff Elmore David Pressley
Hamilton County Sheriff's Office, OH
EOW: Saturday, October 21, 1944
Cause of Death: Gunfire

Puerto Rico Police Department, Puerto Rico

Policeman Efrain Sosa-Almeyda
Puerto Rico Police Department, PR
EOW: Sunday, October 22, 1944
Cause of Death: Gunfire

New Jersey State Police, New Jersey

Trooper William J. Doolan
New Jersey State Police, NJ
EOW: Monday, October 23, 1944
Cause of Death: Automobile accident

Benton County Sheriff's Department, Missouri

Sheriff Louis J. Miesner
Benton County Sheriff's Department, MO
EOW: Wednesday, November 1, 1944
Cause of Death: Gunfire

Lancaster Police Department, New York

Patrolman Stanley J. Jakubowski
Lancaster Police Department, NY
EOW: Saturday, November 4, 1944
Cause of Death: Automobile accident

California Highway Patrol, California

Officer Lewis Willis Gregg
California Highway Patrol, CA
EOW: Saturday, November 4, 1944
Cause of Death: Motorcycle accident

Marshall County Sheriff's Office, West Virginia

Deputy Sheriff Herman Ernest Seabright
Marshall County Sheriff's Office, WV
EOW: Sunday, November 5, 1944
Cause of Death: Struck by vehicle

New York State Environmental Conservation Police, New York

Game Protector Clarence J. Webster
New York State Environmental Conservation Police, NY
EOW: Thursday, November 16, 1944
Cause of Death: Automobile accident

San Luis Obispo Police Department, California

Officer Vincent Eugene Munch
San Luis Obispo Police Department, CA
EOW: Saturday, November 18, 1944
Cause of Death: Motorcycle accident

Illinois Department of Corrections, Illinois

Guard Zoeth C. Skaggs
Illinois Department of Corrections, IL
EOW: Friday, November 24, 1944
Cause of Death: Gunfire (Accidental)

New Jersey State Police, New Jersey

Trooper Francis R. O'Brien
New Jersey State Police, NJ
EOW: Monday, November 27, 1944
Cause of Death: Fire

Royal Oak City Police Department, Michigan

Officer Lee Cole
Royal Oak City Police Department, MI
EOW: Wednesday, November 29, 1944
Cause of Death: Automobile accident

California Highway Patrol, California

Officer George A. Humburg
California Highway Patrol, CA
EOW: Wednesday, November 29, 1944
Cause of Death: Heart attack

New Orleans Police Department, Louisiana

Patrolman George O'Donnell
New Orleans Police Department, LA
EOW: Tuesday, December 5, 1944
Cause of Death: Animal related

Maywood Police Department, California

Patrolman Clarence Bower
Maywood Police Department, CA
EOW: Tuesday, December 5, 1944
Cause of Death: Motorcycle accident

California Highway Patrol, California

Officer David R. Henderson
California Highway Patrol, CA
EOW: Thursday, December 7, 1944
Cause of Death: Motorcycle accident

Carteret Police Department, New Jersey

Deputy Chief of Police Robert Shanley
Carteret Police Department, NJ
EOW: Thursday, December 7, 1944
Cause of Death: Gunfire

Carteret Police Department, New Jersey

Patrolman Walter Rusinak
Carteret Police Department, NJ
EOW: Friday, December 8, 1944
Cause of Death: Gunfire

Kansas Highway Patrol, Kansas

Trooper Maurice R. Plummer
Kansas Highway Patrol, KS
EOW: Saturday, December 16, 1944
Cause of Death: Automobile accident

Chicago Police Department, Illinois

Patrolman Ezra Caldwell
Chicago Police Department, IL
EOW: Saturday, December 16, 1944
Cause of Death: Gunfire

Chicago Police Department, Illinois

Patrolman Samuel M. Black
Chicago Police Department, IL
EOW: Saturday, December 16, 1944
Cause of Death: Gunfire

Taos Police Department, New Mexico

Village Marshal Lee Pena
Taos Police Department, NM
EOW: Wednesday, December 20, 1944
Cause of Death: Gunfire

Pasadena Police Department, Texas

Patrolman Arthur Claude Dowdy
Pasadena Police Department, TX
EOW: Sunday, December 24, 1944
Cause of Death: Struck by vehicle

New York City Police Department, New York

Detective Anthony J. McGinley
New York City Police Department, NY
EOW: Wednesday, December 27, 1944
Cause of Death: Gunfire

Atlanta Police Department, Georgia

Police Officer Alexander Bryant McNaughton
Atlanta Police Department, GA
EOW: Thursday, December 28, 1944
Cause of Death: Vehicular assault

1944 Honor Roll of Heroes

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Line of Duty Deaths: 101

Animal related: 1
Assault: 3
Automobile accident: 12
Drowned: 1
Exposure to toxins: 1
Fall: 2
Fire: 1
Gunfire: 45
Gunfire (Accidental): 2
Heart attack: 9
Motorcycle accident: 12
Struck by vehicle: 4
Vehicle pursuit: 4
Vehicular assault: 4

 

By Month

January: 9
February: 6
March: 8
April: 6
May: 9
June: 10
July: 10
August: 7
September: 6
October: 8
November: 10
December: 12

 

By State

Alabama: 2
Arkansas: 3
California: 12
Connecticut: 3
Delaware: 1
Florida: 3
Georgia: 4
Illinois: 5
Kansas: 1
Kentucky: 3
Louisiana: 2
Maryland: 1
Massachusetts: 1
Michigan: 2
Minnesota: 1
Mississippi: 2
Missouri: 3
New Jersey: 4
New Mexico: 1
New York: 12
North Carolina: 4
Ohio: 5
Oklahoma: 1
Oregon: 1
Pennsylvania: 2
Puerto Rico: 2
South Carolina: 3
South Dakota: 1
Tennessee: 3
Texas: 7
U.S. Government: 3
West Virginia: 3

 

By Gender

Male: 101
Female: 0

 

Statistics

Average age: 45
Average tour of duty: 10 years, 7 months


 
 
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