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Honoring Officers Killed in 1977
Holyoke Police Department, Massachusetts

Patrol Officer James Gatzounas
Holyoke Police Department, MA
EOW: Saturday, January 1, 1977
Cause of Death: Assault

Normandy Police Department, Missouri

Patrolman Robert Dale Hoelzel
Normandy Police Department, MO
EOW: Thursday, January 6, 1977
Cause of Death: Gunfire

Athens Police Department, Texas

Lieutenant Bennie Royce Everett
Athens Police Department, TX
EOW: Thursday, January 6, 1977
Cause of Death: Assault

Thomasville Police Department, North Carolina

Patrolman Robert Glenn Crawford
Thomasville Police Department, NC
EOW: Saturday, January 8, 1977
Cause of Death: Gunfire

Thomasville Police Department, North Carolina

Patrolman Dennis Franklin Spinnett
Thomasville Police Department, NC
EOW: Saturday, January 8, 1977
Cause of Death: Gunfire

Illinois Department of Corrections, Illinois

Lieutenant Peter Beckett Burd
Illinois Department of Corrections, IL
EOW: Monday, January 10, 1977
Cause of Death: Stabbed

Charles County Sheriff's Office, Maryland

Deputy Sheriff Dennis Leo Riley
Charles County Sheriff's Office, MD
EOW: Tuesday, January 11, 1977
Cause of Death: Automobile accident

West Virginia State Police, West Virginia

Trooper Charles Henry Johnson
West Virginia State Police, WV
EOW: Wednesday, January 12, 1977
Cause of Death: Gunfire

West Virginia State Police, West Virginia

Trooper First Class Thomas Dean Hercules
West Virginia State Police, WV
EOW: Wednesday, January 12, 1977
Cause of Death: Gunfire

Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department, California

Sergeant Edward John Russell
Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department, CA
EOW: Saturday, January 15, 1977
Cause of Death: Automobile accident

Sweetwater Police Department, Tennessee

Patrolman James Loyd Stapp
Sweetwater Police Department, TN
EOW: Sunday, January 16, 1977
Cause of Death: Gunfire

Zapata County Constable's Office - Precinct 1, Texas

Constable Manuel Gonzalez
Zapata County Constable's Office - Precinct 1, TX
EOW: Thursday, January 20, 1977
Cause of Death: Gunfire

Buffalo Police Department, New York

Patrolman Carl O. Reese
Buffalo Police Department, NY
EOW: Tuesday, February 1, 1977
Cause of Death: Heart attack

Georgia State Patrol, Georgia

Trooper Tyrone Collier Dillard
Georgia State Patrol, GA
EOW: Thursday, February 3, 1977
Cause of Death: Struck by vehicle

Texarkana Police Department, Arkansas

Lieutenant Edward Lee Worrell
Texarkana Police Department, AR
EOW: Thursday, February 3, 1977
Cause of Death: Gunfire

Puerto Rico Police Department, Puerto Rico

Policeman William Serrano-Maldonado
Puerto Rico Police Department, PR
EOW: Friday, February 4, 1977
Cause of Death: Automobile accident

Anne Arundel County Police Department, Maryland

Officer Paul N. Mitchell
Anne Arundel County Police Department, MD
EOW: Saturday, February 5, 1977
Cause of Death: Automobile accident

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

Special Agent James M. Ryan
United States Department of the Treasury - United States Secret Service, US
EOW: Wednesday, February 9, 1977
Cause of Death: Automobile accident

New Rochelle Police Department, New York

Patrolman Allen Bruce McLeod, Sr.
New Rochelle Police Department, NY
EOW: Monday, February 14, 1977
Cause of Death: Gunfire

Puerto Rico Police Department, Puerto Rico

Policeman Andres Rivera-Carrasquillo
Puerto Rico Police Department, PR
EOW: Tuesday, February 22, 1977
Cause of Death: Gunfire

Fort Worth Police Department, Texas

Officer Ludwig Bruno
Fort Worth Police Department, TX
EOW: Wednesday, March 2, 1977
Cause of Death: Vehicular assault

Penobscot County Sheriff's Department, Maine

Deputy Sheriff Charles J. Wilson
Penobscot County Sheriff's Department, ME
EOW: Wednesday, March 2, 1977
Cause of Death: Struck by vehicle

Caliente Police Department, Nevada

Officer Craig Alan Love
Caliente Police Department, NV
EOW: Friday, March 4, 1977
Cause of Death: Gunfire

United States Department of Justice - Drug Enforcement Administration, U.S. Government

Special Agent Francis J. Miller
United States Department of Justice - Drug Enforcement Administration, US
EOW: Saturday, March 5, 1977
Cause of Death: Automobile accident

Oklahoma Department of Corrections, Oklahoma

Corrections Employee Albert Jerald Cox
Oklahoma Department of Corrections, OK
EOW: Saturday, March 5, 1977
Cause of Death: Stabbed

Abbottstown / Hamilton Police Department, Pennsylvania

Chief of Police Charles H. Roche
Abbottstown / Hamilton Police Department, PA
EOW: Saturday, March 5, 1977
Cause of Death: Vehicular assault

Humphreys County Sheriff's Department, Mississippi

Deputy Sheriff Robert David Sorrell
Humphreys County Sheriff's Department, MS
EOW: Saturday, March 5, 1977
Cause of Death: Vehicular assault

Fort Bend County Sheriff's Office, Texas

Deputy Sheriff Dominick Samuel Carso
Fort Bend County Sheriff's Office, TX
EOW: Tuesday, March 8, 1977
Cause of Death: Struck by train

New York City Police Department, New York

Police Officer Robert W. Cox
New York City Police Department, NY
EOW: Friday, March 11, 1977
Cause of Death: Heart attack

Memphis Police Department, Tennessee

Patrolman McCord L. Springfield
Memphis Police Department, TN
EOW: Saturday, March 12, 1977
Cause of Death: Gunfire

Suffolk County Police Department, New York

Police Officer Jack Burkhardt, Sr.
Suffolk County Police Department, NY
EOW: Tuesday, March 15, 1977
Cause of Death: Fall

Honolulu Police Department, Hawaii

Pilot Thomas A. Moher
Honolulu Police Department, HI
EOW: Wednesday, March 16, 1977
Cause of Death: Aircraft accident

Honolulu Police Department, Hawaii

Officer Merlin Clyde Kaeo
Honolulu Police Department, HI
EOW: Wednesday, March 16, 1977
Cause of Death: Aircraft accident

Chicago Police Department, Illinois

Sergeant Michael R. Palese
Chicago Police Department, IL
EOW: Tuesday, March 22, 1977
Cause of Death: Struck by train

Loudon County Sheriff's Department, Tennessee

Deputy Sheriff Frank Floyd McKenzie
Loudon County Sheriff's Department, TN
EOW: Saturday, March 26, 1977
Cause of Death: Duty related illness

Bureau County Sheriff's Department, Illinois

Deputy Sheriff Joseph Henry Skrabek
Bureau County Sheriff's Department, IL
EOW: Sunday, March 27, 1977
Cause of Death: Vehicular assault

Itasca County Sheriff's Department, Minnesota

Deputy Sheriff Junita Badavinac
Itasca County Sheriff's Department, MN
EOW: Monday, March 28, 1977
Cause of Death: Automobile accident

Philadelphia Police Department, Pennsylvania

Police Officer Francis W. Magro
Philadelphia Police Department, PA
EOW: Wednesday, March 30, 1977
Cause of Death: Motorcycle accident

San Diego Police Department, California

Patrolman Denis W. Allen
San Diego Police Department, CA
EOW: Saturday, April 2, 1977
Cause of Death: Gunfire

Oklahoma Highway Patrol, Oklahoma

Trooper Larry Verne Crabtree
Oklahoma Highway Patrol, OK
EOW: Monday, April 4, 1977
Cause of Death: Gunfire

Beebe Police Department, Arkansas

Night Watchman Abe Issac Pipkin
Beebe Police Department, AR
EOW: Tuesday, April 5, 1977
Cause of Death: Assault

Union Pacific Railroad Police Department, Railroad Police

Special Agent Dean L. McLaughlin
Union Pacific Railroad Police Department, RR
EOW: Wednesday, April 6, 1977
Cause of Death: Gunfire

Englewood Cliffs Police Department, New Jersey

Chief of Police Frederick H. Witte
Englewood Cliffs Police Department, NJ
EOW: Wednesday, April 6, 1977
Cause of Death: Automobile accident

Bolton Police Department, Mississippi

Patrolman Clifton Henderson
Bolton Police Department, MS
EOW: Tuesday, April 12, 1977
Cause of Death: Gunfire

Arlington County Police Department, Virginia

Police Officer John Whiteoak Buckley
Arlington County Police Department, VA
EOW: Friday, April 15, 1977
Cause of Death: Gunfire

Rapides Parish Sheriff's Office, Louisiana

Deputy Sheriff Benton Paul Bordelon
Rapides Parish Sheriff's Office, LA
EOW: Saturday, April 16, 1977
Cause of Death: Gunfire

Sonoma County Sheriff's Department, California

Detective Sergeant Edward Francis Wilkinson
Sonoma County Sheriff's Department, CA
EOW: Sunday, April 17, 1977
Cause of Death: Aircraft accident

Dania Police Department, Florida

Police Officer James Taylor Thomas
Dania Police Department, FL
EOW: Tuesday, April 19, 1977
Cause of Death: Gunfire

Des Moines Police Department, Iowa

Patrolman Brian Charles Melton
Des Moines Police Department, IA
EOW: Thursday, April 21, 1977
Cause of Death: Gunfire

Oklahoma City Police Department, Oklahoma

Sergeant Terry Glen Lawson
Oklahoma City Police Department, OK
EOW: Thursday, April 21, 1977
Cause of Death: Gunfire (Accidental)

York Police Department, Nebraska

Police Officer James M. Richardson, II
York Police Department, NE
EOW: Friday, April 22, 1977
Cause of Death: Gunfire

New York City Police Department, New York

Police Officer Robert W. Mandel
New York City Police Department, NY
EOW: Saturday, April 23, 1977
Cause of Death: Gunfire

Stanley Police Department, Virginia

Chief of Police Maynard L. Cubbage
Stanley Police Department, VA
EOW: Saturday, April 23, 1977
Cause of Death: Vehicle pursuit

Kentucky State Police, Kentucky

Lieutenant Willis Durwood Martin
Kentucky State Police, KY
EOW: Tuesday, April 26, 1977
Cause of Death: Vehicular assault

Metropolitan Police Department, District of Columbia

Officer Bruce W. Wilson
Metropolitan Police Department, DC
EOW: Tuesday, April 26, 1977
Cause of Death: Gunfire

Oklahoma Highway Patrol, Oklahoma

First Lieutenant Cell C. Howell
Oklahoma Highway Patrol, OK
EOW: Wednesday, April 27, 1977
Cause of Death: Vehicular assault

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

California Highway Patrol, California

Officer Edward A. Parker, III
California Highway Patrol, CA
EOW: Monday, May 2, 1977
Cause of Death: Heart attack

El Centro Police Department, California

Officer Arthur Kenneth Hennesay
El Centro Police Department, CA
EOW: Tuesday, May 3, 1977
Cause of Death: Gunfire

San Francisco Police Department, California

Patrol Special Police Officer Joseph W. Boswell
San Francisco Police Department, CA
EOW: Tuesday, May 3, 1977
Cause of Death: Gunfire

El Centro Police Department, California

Officer John A. Vickers
El Centro Police Department, CA
EOW: Tuesday, May 3, 1977
Cause of Death: Gunfire

Georgia State Patrol, Georgia

Trooper William Gaines Andrews, Jr.
Georgia State Patrol, GA
EOW: Sunday, May 8, 1977
Cause of Death: Vehicle pursuit

Lee County Sheriff's Department, Illinois

Correctional Officer Richard Bert Fordham, Sr.
Lee County Sheriff's Department, IL
EOW: Monday, May 9, 1977
Cause of Death: Assault

Roanoke Rapids Police Department, North Carolina

Lieutenant Willard Edward Vaughan
Roanoke Rapids Police Department, NC
EOW: Monday, May 9, 1977
Cause of Death: Gunfire

Louisville Police Department, Kentucky

Patrolman Gwen Downs
Louisville Police Department, KY
EOW: Monday, May 16, 1977
Cause of Death: Gunfire

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

Officer John L. Suchodolsky
United States General Services Administration - Federal Protective Service, US
EOW: Monday, May 16, 1977
Cause of Death: Assault

Olmsted County Sheriff's Department, Minnesota

Deputy Sheriff Jack Dean Werner
Olmsted County Sheriff's Department, MN
EOW: Tuesday, May 17, 1977
Cause of Death: Gunfire

Whittier Police Department, California

Corporal John Lawrence Pierce
Whittier Police Department, CA
EOW: Wednesday, May 18, 1977
Cause of Death: Assault

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

Customs Agent John M. Lacey
United States Department of the Treasury - Customs Service, US
EOW: Saturday, May 21, 1977
Cause of Death: Automobile accident

Rolla Police Department, Missouri

Sergeant George M. Williams
Rolla Police Department, MO
EOW: Saturday, May 21, 1977
Cause of Death: Gunfire

Indianapolis Police Department, Indiana

Sergeant Ernest Max Lacy
Indianapolis Police Department, IN
EOW: Sunday, May 22, 1977
Cause of Death: Automobile accident

Nassau County Police Department, New York

Patrolman Michael J. Kavanagh
Nassau County Police Department, NY
EOW: Sunday, May 29, 1977
Cause of Death: Vehicular assault

California State University Hayward Police Department, California

Police Officer Stanley Henney
California State University Hayward Police Department, CA
EOW: Tuesday, May 31, 1977
Cause of Death: Gunfire

California State University Hayward Police Department, California

Police Officer Gary Hart
California State University Hayward Police Department, CA
EOW: Wednesday, June 1, 1977
Cause of Death: Gunfire

Four Oaks Police Department, North Carolina

Patrolman Dennis Wilbert Allen
Four Oaks Police Department, NC
EOW: Friday, June 3, 1977
Cause of Death: Gunfire

Howard County Sheriff's Department, Iowa

Deputy Sheriff Stevan Henry Owen
Howard County Sheriff's Department, IA
EOW: Sunday, June 5, 1977
Cause of Death: Automobile accident

Pennsylvania Department of Corrections, Pennsylvania

Corrections Employee Edward L. Boyer
Pennsylvania Department of Corrections, PA
EOW: Sunday, June 5, 1977
Cause of Death: Assault

Guam Police Department, Guam

Police Officer I Francisco Aguon Reyes
Guam Police Department, GU
EOW: Thursday, June 9, 1977
Cause of Death: Drowned

Randolph County Sheriff's Office, North Carolina

Deputy Sheriff Ralph Steven Graves
Randolph County Sheriff's Office, NC
EOW: Friday, June 10, 1977
Cause of Death: Vehicle pursuit

Arnold Police Department, Missouri

Patrolman Steven Arthur Jarvis
Arnold Police Department, MO
EOW: Tuesday, June 14, 1977
Cause of Death: Automobile accident

Lansing Police Department, Michigan

Police Officer Mac J. Donnelly, Jr.
Lansing Police Department, MI
EOW: Thursday, June 16, 1977
Cause of Death: Gunfire

Washita County Sheriff's Office, Oklahoma

Deputy Sheriff Clifford Phillip Payne
Washita County Sheriff's Office, OK
EOW: Saturday, June 18, 1977
Cause of Death: Gunfire

United States Army Military Police Corps, U.S. Government

Military Police Officer Dale Allen Wenburg
United States Army Military Police Corps, US
EOW: Sunday, June 19, 1977
Cause of Death: Drowned

East St. Louis Police Department, Illinois

Patrolman Robert B. Broshears
East St. Louis Police Department, IL
EOW: Thursday, June 23, 1977
Cause of Death: Struck by vehicle

New York City Police Department, New York

Detective Henry McDevitt
New York City Police Department, NY
EOW: Sunday, June 26, 1977
Cause of Death: Fall

Magazine Police Department, Arkansas

Marshal Marvin Eugene Richie
Magazine Police Department, AR
EOW: Wednesday, June 29, 1977
Cause of Death: Gunfire

Cheektowaga Police Department, New York

Patrol Officer Robert A. Burgess
Cheektowaga Police Department, NY
EOW: Friday, July 1, 1977
Cause of Death: Gunfire

Louisiana State Police, Louisiana

Trooper Donald Charles Cleveland
Louisiana State Police, LA
EOW: Saturday, July 2, 1977
Cause of Death: Gunfire

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

Park Ranger James P. Fleetwood
United States Department of the Interior - National Park Service, US
EOW: Tuesday, July 5, 1977
Cause of Death: Automobile accident

Lancaster County Sheriff's Office, South Carolina

Guard J. T. McAteer
Lancaster County Sheriff's Office, SC
EOW: Tuesday, July 5, 1977
Cause of Death: Gunfire

Baltimore County Police Department, Maryland

Patrolman Charles Alan Huckeba
Baltimore County Police Department, MD
EOW: Wednesday, July 6, 1977
Cause of Death: Gunfire

Carrabelle Police Department, Florida

Police Officer John David Patton
Carrabelle Police Department, FL
EOW: Saturday, July 9, 1977
Cause of Death: Gunfire

California Highway Patrol, California

Officer Arthur Edward Dunn
California Highway Patrol, CA
EOW: Saturday, July 9, 1977
Cause of Death: Gunfire

Union Pacific Railroad Police Department, Railroad Police

Special Agent Larry E. Boles
Union Pacific Railroad Police Department, RR
EOW: Saturday, July 9, 1977
Cause of Death: Gunfire

Nebraska City Police Department, Nebraska

Officer Gary Robert White
Nebraska City Police Department, NE
EOW: Saturday, July 9, 1977
Cause of Death: Gunfire

Jefferson Parish Sheriff's Office, Louisiana

Sergeant Merlin E. Brune, Jr.
Jefferson Parish Sheriff's Office, LA
EOW: Tuesday, July 12, 1977
Cause of Death: Gunfire

Newburgh City Police Department, New York

Police Officer Robert Joseph Betanzos
Newburgh City Police Department, NY
EOW: Tuesday, July 12, 1977
Cause of Death: Vehicular assault

Clearwater Police Department, Florida

Police Officer Ronald James Mahony
Clearwater Police Department, FL
EOW: Wednesday, July 13, 1977
Cause of Death: Struck by vehicle

Jefferson Township Police Department, Ohio

Patrolman William A. Aldridge
Jefferson Township Police Department, OH
EOW: Wednesday, July 13, 1977
Cause of Death: Vehicular assault

Baton Rouge City Police Department, Louisiana

Officer Karl F. Bourgoyne
Baton Rouge City Police Department, LA
EOW: Thursday, July 14, 1977
Cause of Death: Motorcycle accident

New York City Police Department, New York

Police Officer Edward E. Mitchell
New York City Police Department, NY
EOW: Friday, July 15, 1977
Cause of Death: Gunfire

Texas Department of Criminal Justice, Texas

Correctional Officer John B. Brown
Texas Department of Criminal Justice, TX
EOW: Monday, July 18, 1977
Cause of Death: Fall

Fairfax County Police Department, Virginia

Police Officer Karen Jean Bassford
Fairfax County Police Department, VA
EOW: Wednesday, July 27, 1977
Cause of Death: Automobile accident

California Department of Motor Vehicles - Office of Investigations, California

Investigator Alexander E. Dierkes, IV
California Department of Motor Vehicles - Office of Investigations, CA
EOW: Wednesday, July 27, 1977
Cause of Death: Vehicular assault

Hartford Police Department, Connecticut

Police Officer John F. Daley
Hartford Police Department, CT
EOW: Friday, July 29, 1977
Cause of Death: Gunfire (Accidental)

Caroline County Sheriff's Office, Maryland

Deputy Sheriff Charles H. Lankford
Caroline County Sheriff's Office, MD
EOW: Friday, July 29, 1977
Cause of Death: Heart attack

Columbia Heights Police Department, Minnesota

Patrol Officer Curtis John Ramsdell
Columbia Heights Police Department, MN
EOW: Saturday, July 30, 1977
Cause of Death: Gunfire

Virgin Islands Police Department, Virgin Islands

Patrolman Wilbur Horatio Francis
Virgin Islands Police Department, VI
EOW: Saturday, July 30, 1977
Cause of Death: Gunfire

Baton Rouge City Police Department, Louisiana

Police Officer Linda A. Lawrence
Baton Rouge City Police Department, LA
EOW: Monday, August 1, 1977
Cause of Death: Gunfire

West Virginia Division of Corrections, West Virginia

Parole Officer Pauline Stewart
West Virginia Division of Corrections, WV
EOW: Monday, August 1, 1977
Cause of Death: Stabbed

Cook County Sheriff's Police Department, Illinois

Investigator John A. Rusnak
Cook County Sheriff's Police Department, IL
EOW: Wednesday, August 3, 1977
Cause of Death: Automobile accident

Geneva County Sheriff's Department, Alabama

Sheriff Lelon D. "Red" Sizemore
Geneva County Sheriff's Department, AL
EOW: Wednesday, August 3, 1977
Cause of Death: Gunfire

Florida Highway Patrol, Florida

Trooper Bradley Steven Glascock
Florida Highway Patrol, FL
EOW: Thursday, August 4, 1977
Cause of Death: Gunfire

San Pablo Police Department, California

Officer Robert Chadwick Wheeler
San Pablo Police Department, CA
EOW: Thursday, August 4, 1977
Cause of Death: Gunfire

Fort Bend County Sheriff's Office, Texas

Detective Jon Anthony Farrar
Fort Bend County Sheriff's Office, TX
EOW: Friday, August 5, 1977
Cause of Death: Automobile accident

Menomonee Falls Police Department, Wisconsin

Patrolman John S. Taylor, Jr.
Menomonee Falls Police Department, WI
EOW: Saturday, August 6, 1977
Cause of Death: Vehicle pursuit

Hickory Police Department, North Carolina

Police Officer Jerald Wayne Maynor
Hickory Police Department, NC
EOW: Tuesday, August 9, 1977
Cause of Death: Gunfire (Accidental)

Minneapolis Police Department, Kansas

Police Officer David L. Van Meter
Minneapolis Police Department, KS
EOW: Thursday, August 11, 1977
Cause of Death: Automobile accident

Chattanooga Police Department, Tennessee

Patrolman Clarence E. Hamler
Chattanooga Police Department, TN
EOW: Sunday, August 14, 1977
Cause of Death: Gunfire

Suffolk County Police Department, New York

Police Officer Ralph Sorli
Suffolk County Police Department, NY
EOW: Sunday, August 14, 1977
Cause of Death: Vehicular assault

Pennsylvania State Police, Pennsylvania

Corporal Leo Michael Koscelnick
Pennsylvania State Police, PA
EOW: Monday, August 15, 1977
Cause of Death: Vehicular assault

San Antonio Police Department, Texas

Police Officer Eloy Flores Gonzales
San Antonio Police Department, TX
EOW: Monday, August 15, 1977
Cause of Death: Gunfire

California Highway Patrol, California

Officer George W. Redding
California Highway Patrol, CA
EOW: Wednesday, August 17, 1977
Cause of Death: Automobile accident

Bosque Farms Police Department, New Mexico

Officer Charles Elwood Wasmer
Bosque Farms Police Department, NM
EOW: Thursday, August 18, 1977
Cause of Death: Gunfire

Oxford Police Department, Alabama

Captain William Henry Beard
Oxford Police Department, AL
EOW: Friday, August 19, 1977
Cause of Death: Gunfire

California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation, California

Correctional Officer Victor A. Sam
California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation, CA
EOW: Sunday, August 21, 1977
Cause of Death: Gunfire

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

Special Agent Mark A. Kirkland
United States Department of Justice - Federal Bureau of Investigation, US
EOW: Thursday, August 25, 1977
Cause of Death: Aircraft accident

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

Special Agent Trenwith S. Basford
United States Department of Justice - Federal Bureau of Investigation, US
EOW: Thursday, August 25, 1977
Cause of Death: Aircraft accident

Dearborn Police Department, Michigan

Corporal Norbert Melvin Szczygiel
Dearborn Police Department, MI
EOW: Saturday, August 27, 1977
Cause of Death: Gunfire

Des Moines Police Department, Iowa

Police Officer Dennis Earl Hill
Des Moines Police Department, IA
EOW: Sunday, August 28, 1977
Cause of Death: Gunfire

Dermott Police Department, Arkansas

Chief of Police Hubert "Bill" Payne
Dermott Police Department, AR
EOW: Monday, August 29, 1977
Cause of Death: Gunfire

New York City Police Department, New York

Detective Joseph D. Taylor
New York City Police Department, NY
EOW: Monday, August 29, 1977
Cause of Death: Gunfire

Fort Worth Police Department, Texas

Officer Randell Lynn Fletcher
Fort Worth Police Department, TX
EOW: Tuesday, August 30, 1977
Cause of Death: Vehicular assault

Claiborne County Sheriff's Department, Mississippi

Deputy Sheriff Joseph Edd Roberts
Claiborne County Sheriff's Department, MS
EOW: Saturday, September 3, 1977
Cause of Death: Gunfire

Gallup Police Department, New Mexico

Sergeant Barney D. Montoya
Gallup Police Department, NM
EOW: Sunday, September 4, 1977
Cause of Death: Vehicular assault

Fort Worth Police Department, Texas

Officer Jesse R. Parris
Fort Worth Police Department, TX
EOW: Tuesday, September 6, 1977
Cause of Death: Gunfire

Chicago Police Department, Illinois

Police Officer James W. Koumoundouros
Chicago Police Department, IL
EOW: Wednesday, September 7, 1977
Cause of Death: Gunfire

McDowell County Sheriff's Department, West Virginia

Deputy Sheriff George Stewart Maynard
McDowell County Sheriff's Department, WV
EOW: Thursday, September 8, 1977
Cause of Death: Gunfire

Beaumont Police Department, Texas

Officer Patrick Bruce Hunt
Beaumont Police Department, TX
EOW: Thursday, September 8, 1977
Cause of Death: Motorcycle accident

Baytown Police Department, Texas

Officer Bobby Tyson Paulk
Baytown Police Department, TX
EOW: Friday, September 9, 1977
Cause of Death: Vehicular assault

Tacoma Police Department, Washington

Patrol Officer Larry Leland Frost
Tacoma Police Department, WA
EOW: Friday, September 9, 1977
Cause of Death: Gunfire

Daviess County Sheriff's Department, Missouri

Sheriff Sidney Leland Houghton
Daviess County Sheriff's Department, MO
EOW: Sunday, September 11, 1977
Cause of Death: Gunfire

Pennsylvania State Police, Pennsylvania

Trooper Joseph John Welsch
Pennsylvania State Police, PA
EOW: Tuesday, September 13, 1977
Cause of Death: Gunfire

Cumberland County Sheriff's Office, North Carolina

Auxiliary Lieutenant Ronald Gordon Smith
Cumberland County Sheriff's Office, NC
EOW: Wednesday, September 14, 1977
Cause of Death: Gunfire

New York City Police Department, New York

Police Officer Daniel A. Nowomlynski
New York City Police Department, NY
EOW: Friday, September 16, 1977
Cause of Death: Gunfire

Louisiana Department of Corrections, Louisiana

Corrections Employee Walter Krouskup
Louisiana Department of Corrections, LA
EOW: Saturday, September 17, 1977
Cause of Death: Stabbed

Colleton County Sheriff's Office, South Carolina

Deputy Sheriff Steven Anthony Breland
Colleton County Sheriff's Office, SC
EOW: Monday, September 19, 1977
Cause of Death: Gunfire

Laurens County Sheriff's Office, South Carolina

Deputy Sheriff Sherman Robert Massey
Laurens County Sheriff's Office, SC
EOW: Tuesday, September 20, 1977
Cause of Death: Gunfire

Atlanta Police Department, Georgia

Police Officer Barry Dean Melear
Atlanta Police Department, GA
EOW: Friday, September 23, 1977
Cause of Death: Gunfire

New York City Housing Authority Police Department, New York

Police Officer Vito A. Chiaramonte
New York City Housing Authority Police Department, NY
EOW: Monday, September 26, 1977
Cause of Death: Gunfire

San Francisco Police Department, California

Officer Douglas E. Gibbs
San Francisco Police Department, CA
EOW: Saturday, October 1, 1977
Cause of Death: Gunfire

Boyle County Detention Center, Kentucky

Deputy Jailer Joe C. Lykins
Boyle County Detention Center, KY
EOW: Sunday, October 2, 1977
Cause of Death: Assault

Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department, California

Deputy Sheriff Lynn Lewis
Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department, CA
EOW: Sunday, October 2, 1977
Cause of Death: Automobile accident

Monroe Police Department, Georgia

Lieutenant Michael Everette Etchison, Sr.
Monroe Police Department, GA
EOW: Tuesday, October 11, 1977
Cause of Death: Gunfire

West Virginia State Police, West Virginia

Trooper Bruce Thompson Brown
West Virginia State Police, WV
EOW: Friday, October 14, 1977
Cause of Death: Gunfire

New Mexico District Attorney's Office, New Mexico

District Attorney Dave Serna
New Mexico District Attorney's Office, NM
EOW: Friday, October 14, 1977
Cause of Death: Automobile accident

Sequatchie County Sheriff's Office, Tennessee

Deputy Sheriff Paul Schwiger
Sequatchie County Sheriff's Office, TN
EOW: Monday, October 17, 1977
Cause of Death: Struck by vehicle

Dickson County Sheriff's Office, Tennessee

Deputy Sheriff Robert E. Mayo
Dickson County Sheriff's Office, TN
EOW: Tuesday, October 18, 1977
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

Los Angeles Police Department, California

Police Officer David Earle Bailey
Los Angeles Police Department, CA
EOW: Friday, October 21, 1977
Cause of Death: Gunfire

St. Charles Police Department, Missouri

Police Officer Gary R. Stroud
St. Charles Police Department, MO
EOW: Monday, October 24, 1977
Cause of Death: Gunfire

Indianapolis Police Department, Indiana

Officer Nathan "Nate" Lincks
Indianapolis Police Department, IN
EOW: Tuesday, October 25, 1977
Cause of Death: Automobile accident

Rockton Police Department, Illinois

Chief of Police Arthur L. Weston
Rockton Police Department, IL
EOW: Thursday, October 27, 1977
Cause of Death: Heart attack

Questa Police Department, New Mexico

Patrolman Ronald Edwin Shores
Questa Police Department, NM
EOW: Thursday, November 3, 1977
Cause of Death: Vehicular assault

Erie County Sheriff's Office, New York

Deputy Sheriff William R. Dils
Erie County Sheriff's Office, NY
EOW: Saturday, November 5, 1977
Cause of Death: Gunfire

Garwin Police Department, Iowa

Police Chief Michael Henry Smit
Garwin Police Department, IA
EOW: Sunday, November 6, 1977
Cause of Death: Automobile accident

Santa Ana Police Department, California

Police Officer Daniel Allan Hale
Santa Ana Police Department, CA
EOW: Saturday, November 12, 1977
Cause of Death: Gunfire

Fort Lauderdale Police Department, Florida

Sergeant Gregory J. Conners
Fort Lauderdale Police Department, FL
EOW: Saturday, November 12, 1977
Cause of Death: Vehicular assault

Waukegan Police Department, Illinois

Sergeant Harry E. White, II
Waukegan Police Department, IL
EOW: Sunday, November 13, 1977
Cause of Death: Gunfire

Keewatin Police Department, Minnesota

Assistant Chief of Police Donald Anthony Mayerle
Keewatin Police Department, MN
EOW: Tuesday, November 15, 1977
Cause of Death: Heart attack

Plainville Police Department, Connecticut

Patrolman Robert Michael "Bob" Holcomb
Plainville Police Department, CT
EOW: Monday, November 21, 1977
Cause of Death: Gunfire

Longview Police Department, Texas

Patrolman Marshall Jefferson Sowders, Jr.
Longview Police Department, TX
EOW: Tuesday, November 22, 1977
Cause of Death: Gunfire

United States Department of Justice - Drug Enforcement Administration, U.S. Government

Special Agent Robert C. Lightfoot
United States Department of Justice - Drug Enforcement Administration, US
EOW: Wednesday, November 23, 1977
Cause of Death: Gunfire (Accidental)

Milwaukee Police Department, Wisconsin

Police Officer Thomas R. Kiefer
Milwaukee Police Department, WI
EOW: Friday, November 25, 1977
Cause of Death: Gunfire

Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department, California

Deputy Didier M. Hurdle
Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department, CA
EOW: Friday, November 25, 1977
Cause of Death: Gunfire

Douglas County Sheriff's Department, Nebraska

Captain Dennis F. Lipari
Douglas County Sheriff's Department, NE
EOW: Saturday, November 26, 1977
Cause of Death: Gunfire

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

Park Ranger Gregory Scott Burdine
United States Department of the Interior - National Park Service, US
EOW: Saturday, November 26, 1977
Cause of Death: Vehicle pursuit

Belmont Police Department, Mississippi

Patrolman Mickey Gene Johnson
Belmont Police Department, MS
EOW: Thursday, December 1, 1977
Cause of Death: Gunfire

Arizona Department of Public Safety, Arizona

Officer Gregory A. Diley
Arizona Department of Public Safety, AZ
EOW: Friday, December 2, 1977
Cause of Death: Automobile accident

Fayetteville Police Department, North Carolina

Police Officer James Joseph McConkey
Fayetteville Police Department, NC
EOW: Saturday, December 3, 1977
Cause of Death: Gunfire

Prairie City Police Department, Iowa

Police Officer Donald E. Hewitt
Prairie City Police Department, IA
EOW: Saturday, December 3, 1977
Cause of Death: Vehicle pursuit

Douglas County Sheriff's Department, Nebraska

Deputy Sheriff Charles Edward Dobbertin
Douglas County Sheriff's Department, NE
EOW: Tuesday, December 6, 1977
Cause of Death: Gunfire

Bogart Police Department, Georgia

Patrolman Herbert Daniel Johnson
Bogart Police Department, GA
EOW: Wednesday, December 7, 1977
Cause of Death: Struck by vehicle

Arkansas State Police, Arkansas

Sergeant Kelly Ray Pigue
Arkansas State Police, AR
EOW: Thursday, December 8, 1977
Cause of Death: Automobile accident

Beaver County Sheriff's Office, Oklahoma

Undersheriff Kenneth Ellsworth Miller
Beaver County Sheriff's Office, OK
EOW: Saturday, December 10, 1977
Cause of Death: Gunfire

Lodi Police Department, Ohio

Captain Carl Edward Summers
Lodi Police Department, OH
EOW: Saturday, December 10, 1977
Cause of Death: Vehicular assault

Maryland State Police, Maryland

Trooper Gregg Alexander Presbury
Maryland State Police, MD
EOW: Saturday, December 17, 1977
Cause of Death: Gunfire

New York City Police Department, New York

Police Officer William Flood
New York City Police Department, NY
EOW: Thursday, December 22, 1977
Cause of Death: Gunfire

Aiken County Sheriff's Office, South Carolina

Deputy Sheriff Herbert A. Williams
Aiken County Sheriff's Office, SC
EOW: Friday, December 23, 1977
Cause of Death: Heart attack

Chicago Police Department, Illinois

Police Officer Thomas Raymond Gesiorski
Chicago Police Department, IL
EOW: Monday, December 26, 1977
Cause of Death: Heart attack

Fulton County Marshal's Department, Georgia

Deputy Marshal David Larry Folds
Fulton County Marshal's Department, GA
EOW: Wednesday, December 28, 1977
Cause of Death: Gunfire

Seminole County Sheriff's Office, Florida

Reserve Deputy George A. Pfeil
Seminole County Sheriff's Office, FL
EOW: Thursday, December 29, 1977
Cause of Death: Gunfire

California Highway Patrol, California

Officer William Benno Wolff, III
California Highway Patrol, CA
EOW: Friday, December 30, 1977
Cause of Death: Vehicular assault

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Line of Duty Deaths: 193

Aircraft accident: 5
Assault: 8
Automobile accident: 24
Drowned: 2
Duty related illness: 1
Fall: 3
Gunfire: 97
Gunfire (Accidental): 4
Heart attack: 8
Motorcycle accident: 3
Stabbed: 4
Struck by train: 2
Struck by vehicle: 6
Vehicle pursuit: 6
Vehicular assault: 20

 

By Month

January: 12
February: 8
March: 18
April: 19
May: 16
June: 13
July: 22
August: 25
September: 17
October: 13
November: 14
December: 16

 

By State

Alabama: 2
Arizona: 1
Arkansas: 5
California: 21
Connecticut: 2
District of Columbia: 1
Florida: 6
Georgia: 6
Guam: 1
Hawaii: 2
Illinois: 10
Indiana: 2
Iowa: 5
Kansas: 1
Kentucky: 3
Louisiana: 6
Maine: 1
Maryland: 5
Massachusetts: 1
Michigan: 2
Minnesota: 4
Mississippi: 4
Missouri: 6
Nebraska: 4
Nevada: 1
New Jersey: 1
New Mexico: 4
New York: 17
North Carolina: 8
Ohio: 2
Oklahoma: 6
Pennsylvania: 5
Puerto Rico: 2
Railroad Police: 2
South Carolina: 4
Tennessee: 6
Texas: 12
U.S. Government: 10
Virgin Islands: 1
Virginia: 3
Washington: 1
West Virginia: 5
Wisconsin: 2

 

By Gender

Male: 188
Female: 5

 

Statistics

Average age: 36
Average tour of duty: 8 years, 2 months


 
 
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