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Honoring Officers Killed in 1978
New York City Police Department, New York

Police Officer Ronald S. Stapleton
New York City Police Department, NY
EOW: Tuesday, January 3, 1978
Cause of Death: Gunfire

United States Air Force Security Forces, U.S. Government

Security Policeman Robert Scott Gray
United States Air Force Security Forces, US
EOW: Friday, January 6, 1978
Cause of Death: Stabbed

Harris County Constable's Office - Precinct 6, Texas

Lieutenant Albert Charles Wilkins
Harris County Constable's Office - Precinct 6, TX
EOW: Friday, January 6, 1978
Cause of Death: Gunfire

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

Inspector Vincent D. Kaskeski
United States Department of the Treasury - Customs Service, US
EOW: Thursday, January 12, 1978
Cause of Death: Drowned

West Covina Police Department, California

Police Officer Jay Warren Jackson
West Covina Police Department, CA
EOW: Saturday, January 14, 1978
Cause of Death: Gunfire

Atlanta Police Department, Georgia

Officer James G. Crawford
Atlanta Police Department, GA
EOW: Saturday, January 14, 1978
Cause of Death: Automobile accident

Ingleside Police Department, Texas

Patrol Officer Raymond Eugene Cooper
Ingleside Police Department, TX
EOW: Sunday, January 15, 1978
Cause of Death: Vehicle pursuit

Chittenden County Sheriff's Department, Vermont

Deputy Sheriff Bernard J. Demag, Sr.
Chittenden County Sheriff's Department, VT
EOW: Tuesday, January 17, 1978
Cause of Death: Heart attack

Tenino Police Department, Washington

Patrolman John H. Dowies
Tenino Police Department, WA
EOW: Wednesday, January 18, 1978
Cause of Death: Gunfire

Giles County Sheriff's Department, Tennessee

Deputy Sheriff Herbert H. Slayton
Giles County Sheriff's Department, TN
EOW: Tuesday, January 24, 1978
Cause of Death: Gunfire

Aiken Department of Public Safety, South Carolina

Police Officer Harold Michael Harvey
Aiken Department of Public Safety, SC
EOW: Thursday, January 26, 1978
Cause of Death: Electrocuted

Harris County Constable's Office - Precinct 3, Texas

Deputy Constable Abrum Kerl
Harris County Constable's Office - Precinct 3, TX
EOW: Thursday, January 26, 1978
Cause of Death: Heart attack

Jefferson Parish Sheriff's Office, Louisiana

Deputy Sheriff Robert E. Cochran
Jefferson Parish Sheriff's Office, LA
EOW: Monday, January 30, 1978
Cause of Death: Gunfire

Dothan Police Department, Alabama

Sergeant Robert Jackson
Dothan Police Department, AL
EOW: Tuesday, January 31, 1978
Cause of Death: Gunfire

Richland Township Police Department, Michigan

Police Chief Michael Harry Sheridan
Richland Township Police Department, MI
EOW: Thursday, February 2, 1978
Cause of Death: Struck by vehicle

New Hampshire State Police, New Hampshire

Trooper Richard F. Champy
New Hampshire State Police, NH
EOW: Friday, February 3, 1978
Cause of Death: Heart attack

Puerto Rico Police Department, Puerto Rico

Agent Angel M. Martinez
Puerto Rico Police Department, PR
EOW: Tuesday, February 7, 1978
Cause of Death: Automobile accident

Crossett Police Department, Arkansas

Captain Clinton L. Tew
Crossett Police Department, AR
EOW: Wednesday, February 8, 1978
Cause of Death: Heart attack

San Francisco Police Department, California

Officer Robert E. Hooper
San Francisco Police Department, CA
EOW: Thursday, February 9, 1978
Cause of Death: Gunfire

Rosenberg Police Department, Texas

Sergeant Joseph Cernoch
Rosenberg Police Department, TX
EOW: Thursday, February 9, 1978
Cause of Death: Struck by vehicle

Puerto Rico Police Department, Puerto Rico

Policeman Manuel Martinez
Puerto Rico Police Department, PR
EOW: Friday, February 10, 1978
Cause of Death: Automobile accident

Tennessee Department of Correction, Tennessee

Correctional Officer Robert Burns
Tennessee Department of Correction, TN
EOW: Saturday, February 11, 1978
Cause of Death: Gunfire

Massachusetts State Police, Massachusetts

Trooper Perley K. Johnson, Jr.
Massachusetts State Police, MA
EOW: Monday, February 13, 1978
Cause of Death: Fire

Carlsbad Police Department, California

Police Officer Wesley S. Fox
Carlsbad Police Department, CA
EOW: Monday, February 13, 1978
Cause of Death: Automobile accident

Florida Highway Patrol, Florida

Trooper Elmer C. Barnett
Florida Highway Patrol, FL
EOW: Tuesday, February 14, 1978
Cause of Death: Struck by vehicle

Baltimore City Police Department, Maryland

Police Officer Edgar J. Rumpf
Baltimore City Police Department, MD
EOW: Wednesday, February 15, 1978
Cause of Death: Fire

Durham Police Department, North Carolina

Officer Gary E. Fletcher
Durham Police Department, NC
EOW: Thursday, February 16, 1978
Cause of Death: Accidental

Metropolitan Police Department, District of Columbia

Officer Bernis Carr, Jr.
Metropolitan Police Department, DC
EOW: Thursday, February 16, 1978
Cause of Death: Gunfire

Roseville Police Department, Michigan

Patrolman Robert Alfred Young
Roseville Police Department, MI
EOW: Saturday, February 18, 1978
Cause of Death: Heart attack

Texas Department of Public Safety - Texas Rangers, Texas

Ranger Bobby Paul Doherty
Texas Department of Public Safety - Texas Rangers, TX
EOW: Monday, February 20, 1978
Cause of Death: Gunfire

Hernando County Sheriff's Office, Florida

Deputy Sheriff Lonnie C. Coburn
Hernando County Sheriff's Office, FL
EOW: Tuesday, February 21, 1978
Cause of Death: Gunfire

Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department, Nevada

Officer James Richard Rogan
Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department, NV
EOW: Wednesday, February 22, 1978
Cause of Death: Gunfire

Minnesota State Patrol, Minnesota

Trooper Roger Curtis Williams
Minnesota State Patrol, MN
EOW: Wednesday, February 22, 1978
Cause of Death: Struck by vehicle

Pecos County Sheriff's Department, Texas

Sheriff C. S. "Pete" Ten Eyck
Pecos County Sheriff's Department, TX
EOW: Saturday, February 25, 1978
Cause of Death: Heart attack

Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department, California

Deputy Sheriff Gregory L. Low
Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department, CA
EOW: Sunday, February 26, 1978
Cause of Death: Automobile accident

Leland Police Department, Mississippi

Police Officer I Donnie Gene Kelley
Leland Police Department, MS
EOW: Sunday, February 26, 1978
Cause of Death: Gunfire

Puerto Rico Police Department, Puerto Rico

Lieutenant Angel L. Colon-Alicea
Puerto Rico Police Department, PR
EOW: Sunday, February 26, 1978
Cause of Death: Automobile accident

Waverly Police Department, Tennessee

Chief of Police Guy Oakley Barnett, Sr.
Waverly Police Department, TN
EOW: Sunday, February 26, 1978
Cause of Death: Explosion

Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department, California

Reserve Deputy Sheriff Charles Christopher Plumleigh
Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department, CA
EOW: Wednesday, March 1, 1978
Cause of Death: Automobile accident

Maricopa County Sheriff's Office, Arizona

Reserve Deputy James L. Epp
Maricopa County Sheriff's Office, AZ
EOW: Wednesday, March 1, 1978
Cause of Death: Drowned

Newark Police Department, New Jersey

Police Officer Arthur L. Williams
Newark Police Department, NJ
EOW: Wednesday, March 1, 1978
Cause of Death: Gunfire

Highland Police Department, Indiana

Officer Robert J. Markley
Highland Police Department, IN
EOW: Friday, March 10, 1978
Cause of Death: Vehicular assault

Birmingham Police Department, Alabama

Police Officer James Earl Rhodes
Birmingham Police Department, AL
EOW: Saturday, March 11, 1978
Cause of Death: Motorcycle accident

Phillips County Sheriff's Department, Arkansas

Deputy Sheriff James S. Royal
Phillips County Sheriff's Department, AR
EOW: Saturday, March 18, 1978
Cause of Death: Struck by vehicle

Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department, California

Deputy Sheriff Arthur E. Pelino
Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department, CA
EOW: Sunday, March 19, 1978
Cause of Death: Gunfire

Toronto Police Department, Ohio

Patrolman Ralph Benton Miller, Sr.
Toronto Police Department, OH
EOW: Sunday, March 26, 1978
Cause of Death: Vehicular assault

United States Air Force Security Forces, U.S. Government

Staff Sergeant Thomas L. Campbell
United States Air Force Security Forces, US
EOW: Sunday, March 26, 1978
Cause of Death: Gunfire

Coral Gables Police Department, Florida

Police Officer Louis Pena
Coral Gables Police Department, FL
EOW: Sunday, April 2, 1978
Cause of Death: Gunfire

New York City Police Department, New York

Police Officer Christie D. Masone
New York City Police Department, NY
EOW: Sunday, April 2, 1978
Cause of Death: Gunfire

New York City Police Department, New York

Police Officer Norman R. Cerullo
New York City Police Department, NY
EOW: Sunday, April 2, 1978
Cause of Death: Gunfire

Wilmington Police Department, North Carolina

Officer James William Nunalee, Sr.
Wilmington Police Department, NC
EOW: Tuesday, April 4, 1978
Cause of Death: Gunfire

Jefferson County Sheriff's Department, Missouri

Deputy Sheriff Terry Thomas O'Connell
Jefferson County Sheriff's Department, MO
EOW: Wednesday, April 5, 1978
Cause of Death: Gunfire

Natchez Police Department, Mississippi

Sergeant Daniel Ray Burks
Natchez Police Department, MS
EOW: Thursday, April 6, 1978
Cause of Death: Gunfire

Escambia County Sheriff's Office, Florida

Deputy Sheriff Morley G. Ray
Escambia County Sheriff's Office, FL
EOW: Friday, April 7, 1978
Cause of Death: Gunfire

Montana Highway Patrol, Montana

Patrolman Michael M. Ren
Montana Highway Patrol, MT
EOW: Saturday, April 8, 1978
Cause of Death: Gunfire

Little River County Sheriff's Office, Arkansas

Deputy Sheriff William D. Cooley, Jr.
Little River County Sheriff's Office, AR
EOW: Thursday, April 13, 1978
Cause of Death: Automobile accident

Maryland Department of Natural Resources - State Park Service, Maryland

State Park Ranger Joseph A. Carr
Maryland Department of Natural Resources - State Park Service, MD
EOW: Thursday, April 13, 1978
Cause of Death: Heart attack

Catoosa County Sheriff's Office, Georgia

Chief Deputy Sheriff Baxter G. Shavers
Catoosa County Sheriff's Office, GA
EOW: Friday, April 14, 1978
Cause of Death: Gunfire

Delaware County Sheriff's Department, Pennsylvania

Deputy Sheriff James J. Jardine, Jr.
Delaware County Sheriff's Department, PA
EOW: Monday, April 17, 1978
Cause of Death: Heart attack

Clark County Sheriff's Office, Ohio

Deputy Sheriff Gregory A. Raynor
Clark County Sheriff's Office, OH
EOW: Tuesday, April 18, 1978
Cause of Death: Gunfire

Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department, California

Deputy Thomas H. Pohlman
Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department, CA
EOW: Tuesday, April 18, 1978
Cause of Death: Gunfire

Harrisburg Police Bureau, Pennsylvania

Corporal John R. Christian, Jr.
Harrisburg Police Bureau, PA
EOW: Tuesday, April 18, 1978
Cause of Death: Gunfire

Kitsap County Sheriff's Department, Washington

Deputy Sheriff Dennis R. Allred
Kitsap County Sheriff's Department, WA
EOW: Wednesday, April 19, 1978
Cause of Death: Gunfire

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

Border Patrol Agent Jose Paez Gamez, Jr.
United States Department of Justice - Immigration and Naturalization Service - United States Border Patrol, US
EOW: Friday, April 21, 1978
Cause of Death: Assault

Oakland Police Department, New Jersey

Patrolman Daniel J. Hughes
Oakland Police Department, NJ
EOW: Saturday, April 22, 1978
Cause of Death: Assault

Baltimore City Police Department, Maryland

Sergeant Robert John Barlow
Baltimore City Police Department, MD
EOW: Sunday, April 23, 1978
Cause of Death: Heart attack

Jackson Police Department, Michigan

Lieutenant William James Nixon
Jackson Police Department, MI
EOW: Thursday, April 27, 1978
Cause of Death: Gunfire

Vermont Fish and Wildlife Department, Vermont

Game Warden Arnold J. Magoon
Vermont Fish and Wildlife Department, VT
EOW: Thursday, April 27, 1978
Cause of Death: Assault

Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department, California

Deputy Walter William Hannan, Jr.
Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department, CA
EOW: Wednesday, May 3, 1978
Cause of Death: Automobile accident

Huntsville Police Department, Alabama

Police Officer Billy Fred Clardy, Jr.
Huntsville Police Department, AL
EOW: Wednesday, May 3, 1978
Cause of Death: Automobile accident

Brick Township Police Department, New Jersey

Patrolman Richard J. Harper
Brick Township Police Department, NJ
EOW: Thursday, May 4, 1978
Cause of Death: Struck by vehicle

Puerto Rico Police Department, Puerto Rico

Policeman Gilberto Rolon-Gonzalez
Puerto Rico Police Department, PR
EOW: Thursday, May 4, 1978
Cause of Death: Gunfire

Sauk County Sheriff's Department, Wisconsin

Sergeant W. Calvin Meeks
Sauk County Sheriff's Department, WI
EOW: Saturday, May 6, 1978
Cause of Death: Heart attack

California Highway Patrol, California

Officer William F. Leiphardt, Jr.
California Highway Patrol, CA
EOW: Saturday, May 13, 1978
Cause of Death: Vehicular assault

California Highway Patrol, California

Officer Harold E. Horine
California Highway Patrol, CA
EOW: Saturday, May 13, 1978
Cause of Death: Vehicular assault

Atlanta Police Department, Georgia

Police Officer Frank Robert Schlatt
Atlanta Police Department, GA
EOW: Saturday, May 13, 1978
Cause of Death: Gunfire

Nassau County Police Department, New York

Sergeant Robert J. Harris
Nassau County Police Department, NY
EOW: Wednesday, May 17, 1978
Cause of Death: Aircraft accident

Austin Police Department, Texas

Officer Ralph Allen Ablanedo
Austin Police Department, TX
EOW: Thursday, May 18, 1978
Cause of Death: Gunfire

Lafourche Parish Sheriff's Department, Louisiana

Deputy Sheriff Thomas William Procter
Lafourche Parish Sheriff's Department, LA
EOW: Saturday, May 20, 1978
Cause of Death: Gunfire

Port Isabel Police Department, Texas

Patrolman James Ralph Turner
Port Isabel Police Department, TX
EOW: Monday, May 22, 1978
Cause of Death: Gunfire

Wilmot Police Department, Arkansas

Chief of Police Henry Davis, Jr.
Wilmot Police Department, AR
EOW: Tuesday, May 23, 1978
Cause of Death: Automobile accident

Ruston Police Department, Louisiana

Sergeant Raymond L. Croxton, Jr.
Ruston Police Department, LA
EOW: Tuesday, May 23, 1978
Cause of Death: Vehicle pursuit

Kansas Highway Patrol, Kansas

Trooper Conroy G. O'Brien
Kansas Highway Patrol, KS
EOW: Wednesday, May 24, 1978
Cause of Death: Gunfire

Port Authority of New York and New Jersey Police Department, New York

Police Officer Henry J. Koebel
Port Authority of New York and New Jersey Police Department, NY
EOW: Friday, May 26, 1978
Cause of Death: Gunfire

Oklahoma Highway Patrol, Oklahoma

Second Lieutenant James Pat Grimes
Oklahoma Highway Patrol, OK
EOW: Friday, May 26, 1978
Cause of Death: Gunfire

Oklahoma Highway Patrol, Oklahoma

Trooper Houston F. "Pappy" Summers
Oklahoma Highway Patrol, OK
EOW: Friday, May 26, 1978
Cause of Death: Gunfire

Oklahoma Highway Patrol, Oklahoma

Trooper Billy G. Young
Oklahoma Highway Patrol, OK
EOW: Friday, May 26, 1978
Cause of Death: Gunfire

New York City Housing Authority Police Department, New York

Police Officer James O. Washington
New York City Housing Authority Police Department, NY
EOW: Monday, May 29, 1978
Cause of Death: Accidental

St. Tammany Parish Sheriff's Office, Louisiana

Sergeant Louis Henry Wagner, II
St. Tammany Parish Sheriff's Office, LA
EOW: Saturday, June 3, 1978
Cause of Death: Gunfire

Texas Department of Public Safety - Texas Highway Patrol, Texas

Sergeant James Lewis Dalrymple, Jr.
Texas Department of Public Safety - Texas Highway Patrol, TX
EOW: Monday, June 5, 1978
Cause of Death: Automobile accident

Pennsylvania State Police, Pennsylvania

Trooper Wayne Carl Ebert
Pennsylvania State Police, PA
EOW: Wednesday, June 7, 1978
Cause of Death: Struck by vehicle

Houston Police Department, Texas

Police Officer Timothy A. Hearn
Houston Police Department, TX
EOW: Thursday, June 8, 1978
Cause of Death: Gunfire

Chattanooga Police Department, Tennessee

Police Officer Nelson I. Hess, V
Chattanooga Police Department, TN
EOW: Monday, June 12, 1978
Cause of Death: Gunfire

Suffolk County Police Department, New York

Detective Carmine Macchia
Suffolk County Police Department, NY
EOW: Thursday, June 15, 1978
Cause of Death: Vehicle pursuit

Millis Police Department, Massachusetts

Patrolman Thomas H. Collins
Millis Police Department, MA
EOW: Friday, June 16, 1978
Cause of Death: Automobile accident

Stanley Police Department, Virginia

Chief of Police Penwood Holmes Cherrywell
Stanley Police Department, VA
EOW: Friday, June 16, 1978
Cause of Death: Automobile accident

Chattanooga Police Department, Tennessee

Police Officer David L. Friederichsen
Chattanooga Police Department, TN
EOW: Sunday, June 18, 1978
Cause of Death: Gunfire

Waukesha County Sheriff's Department, Wisconsin

Deputy Sheriff Michael Geszvain
Waukesha County Sheriff's Department, WI
EOW: Wednesday, June 21, 1978
Cause of Death: Gunfire

Waukesha County Sheriff's Department, Wisconsin

Sergeant Quin Edward O'Brien
Waukesha County Sheriff's Department, WI
EOW: Thursday, June 22, 1978
Cause of Death: Gunfire

New York State Police, New York

Zone Sergeant Gerald A. DeGroot
New York State Police, NY
EOW: Saturday, June 24, 1978
Cause of Death: Vehicular assault

Prince George's County Police Department, Maryland

Police Officer Albert Marshal Claggett, IV
Prince George's County Police Department, MD
EOW: Monday, June 26, 1978
Cause of Death: Gunfire

Campton Police Department, Kentucky

Chief of Police Jimmy Ray Tolson
Campton Police Department, KY
EOW: Monday, June 26, 1978
Cause of Death: Gunfire

Prince George's County Police Department, Maryland

Police Officer James Brian Swart
Prince George's County Police Department, MD
EOW: Monday, June 26, 1978
Cause of Death: Gunfire

Greensboro Police Department, North Carolina

Officer Michael Gray Winslow
Greensboro Police Department, NC
EOW: Tuesday, June 27, 1978
Cause of Death: Automobile accident

Monroe Police Department, Michigan

Patrolman Robert A. Hutchinson
Monroe Police Department, MI
EOW: Wednesday, June 28, 1978
Cause of Death: Drowned

Douglas County Sheriff's Department, Minnesota

Deputy Sheriff Curtis Alan Felt
Douglas County Sheriff's Department, MN
EOW: Thursday, June 29, 1978
Cause of Death: Gunfire

Oklahoma Highway Patrol, Oklahoma

Trooper Richard D. Oldaker
Oklahoma Highway Patrol, OK
EOW: Monday, July 3, 1978
Cause of Death: Aircraft accident

Oklahoma Highway Patrol, Oklahoma

Trooper Rondal Ray Alexander
Oklahoma Highway Patrol, OK
EOW: Monday, July 3, 1978
Cause of Death: Aircraft accident

New Jersey Department of Corrections, New Jersey

Senior Corrections Officer Dean E. Evans
New Jersey Department of Corrections, NJ
EOW: Friday, July 7, 1978
Cause of Death: Heart attack

Bricelyn Police Department, Minnesota

Chief of Police Aldean Merlin Sorbo
Bricelyn Police Department, MN
EOW: Sunday, July 9, 1978
Cause of Death: Vehicular assault

California Highway Patrol, California

Officer Ward E. Washington
California Highway Patrol, CA
EOW: Monday, July 10, 1978
Cause of Death: Struck by vehicle

Graham Police Department, North Carolina

Patrolman William Alton Roberson, Jr.
Graham Police Department, NC
EOW: Wednesday, July 12, 1978
Cause of Death: Vehicle pursuit

Oklahoma Highway Patrol, Oklahoma

Trooper Kenny Lee Osborn
Oklahoma Highway Patrol, OK
EOW: Thursday, July 13, 1978
Cause of Death: Automobile accident

Placer County Sheriff's Department, California

Deputy Sheriff James E. Machado
Placer County Sheriff's Department, CA
EOW: Thursday, July 13, 1978
Cause of Death: Gunfire

Cincinnati Police Division, Ohio

Police Officer Charles D. Burdsall
Cincinnati Police Division, OH
EOW: Saturday, July 15, 1978
Cause of Death: Gunfire

Rock Springs Police Department, Wyoming

Patrolman Michael Angel Rosa
Rock Springs Police Department, WY
EOW: Saturday, July 15, 1978
Cause of Death: Gunfire

Yreka Police Department, California

Patrolman Jesse Joe Hittson
Yreka Police Department, CA
EOW: Monday, July 17, 1978
Cause of Death: Gunfire

St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department, Missouri

Sergeant James J. Wencewicz
St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department, MO
EOW: Monday, July 17, 1978
Cause of Death: Heart attack

East Grand Forks Police Department, Minnesota

Patrol Officer Kenneth M. Olson
East Grand Forks Police Department, MN
EOW: Wednesday, July 19, 1978
Cause of Death: Gunfire

Montevallo Police Department, Alabama

Patrolman Michael Lee Moreland
Montevallo Police Department, AL
EOW: Friday, July 21, 1978
Cause of Death: Vehicle pursuit

Montgomery Police Department, Alabama

Officer Robert C. Ussery
Montgomery Police Department, AL
EOW: Friday, July 21, 1978
Cause of Death: Vehicular assault

Virginia State Police, Virginia

Trooper Robert Tinsley Lohr
Virginia State Police, VA
EOW: Saturday, July 22, 1978
Cause of Death: Struck by vehicle

Illinois Department of Corrections, Illinois

Correctional Officer Robert J. Conkle
Illinois Department of Corrections, IL
EOW: Saturday, July 22, 1978
Cause of Death: Stabbed

Illinois Department of Corrections, Illinois

Correctional Officer Stanley E. Cole
Illinois Department of Corrections, IL
EOW: Saturday, July 22, 1978
Cause of Death: Stabbed

Illinois Department of Corrections, Illinois

Lieutenant William Nelson Thomas
Illinois Department of Corrections, IL
EOW: Saturday, July 22, 1978
Cause of Death: Stabbed

Georgia Department of Corrections, Georgia

Correctional Officer Dan Harrison
Georgia Department of Corrections, GA
EOW: Sunday, July 23, 1978
Cause of Death: Stabbed

Metro Nashville Police Department, Tennessee

Officer Steven Ross Pinkelton
Metro Nashville Police Department, TN
EOW: Wednesday, July 26, 1978
Cause of Death: Gunfire

Kansas City Police Department, Kansas

Reserve Officer Michael E. Haen
Kansas City Police Department, KS
EOW: Friday, July 28, 1978
Cause of Death: Gunfire (Accidental)

Puerto Rico Police Department, Puerto Rico

Policeman Roberto Barbosa-Ortiz
Puerto Rico Police Department, PR
EOW: Friday, July 28, 1978
Cause of Death: Gunfire

Roseau County Sheriff's Department, Minnesota

Deputy Sheriff Richard Kim Magnuson
Roseau County Sheriff's Department, MN
EOW: Wednesday, August 2, 1978
Cause of Death: Gunfire

Stockton Police Department, California

Officer Nicholas Paul Cecchetti
Stockton Police Department, CA
EOW: Thursday, August 3, 1978
Cause of Death: Gunfire

Harker Heights Police Department, Texas

Police Officer Carl Irving Levin
Harker Heights Police Department, TX
EOW: Monday, August 7, 1978
Cause of Death: Gunfire

Ventura Police Department, California

Sergeant Darlon Clint Dowell
Ventura Police Department, CA
EOW: Monday, August 7, 1978
Cause of Death: Gunfire

Philadelphia Police Department, Pennsylvania

Police Officer James J. Ramp
Philadelphia Police Department, PA
EOW: Tuesday, August 8, 1978
Cause of Death: Gunfire

Henrico County Police Department, Virginia

Patrolman Barry Wayne Maham
Henrico County Police Department, VA
EOW: Tuesday, August 8, 1978
Cause of Death: Gunfire

Prichard Police Department, Alabama

Patrolman Ronald E. Pope
Prichard Police Department, AL
EOW: Saturday, August 12, 1978
Cause of Death: Gunfire

Broward County Sheriff's Office, Florida

Deputy Robert Hugh Milligan
Broward County Sheriff's Office, FL
EOW: Saturday, August 12, 1978
Cause of Death: Gunfire

New Britain Police Department, Connecticut

Lieutenant Norman Allard
New Britain Police Department, CT
EOW: Wednesday, August 16, 1978
Cause of Death: Gunfire (Accidental)

Harris County Sheriff's Office, Texas

Reserve Deputy Sheriff James A. Wier
Harris County Sheriff's Office, TX
EOW: Friday, August 18, 1978
Cause of Death: Vehicle pursuit

Kansas Department of Corrections, Kansas

Correctional Officer Donald R. Martin
Kansas Department of Corrections, KS
EOW: Saturday, August 19, 1978
Cause of Death: Assault

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

Private First Class Marvin Robert "Bobby" Owen
United States Army Military Police Corps, US
EOW: Saturday, August 19, 1978
Cause of Death: Weather/Natural disaster

Puerto Rico Police Department, Puerto Rico

Policeman Julio Ramon Rodriguez-Rivera
Puerto Rico Police Department, PR
EOW: Thursday, August 24, 1978
Cause of Death: Gunfire

Henderson Police Department, Louisiana

Patrolman Julius Gene Courville
Henderson Police Department, LA
EOW: Saturday, August 26, 1978
Cause of Death: Gunfire

Fitchburg Police Department, Massachusetts

Patrolman Peter M. Nikitas
Fitchburg Police Department, MA
EOW: Sunday, August 27, 1978
Cause of Death: Struck by train

Sherman County Sheriff's Department, Oregon

Deputy Sheriff Douglas E. Smith
Sherman County Sheriff's Department, OR
EOW: Sunday, August 27, 1978
Cause of Death: Automobile accident

California Highway Patrol, California

Officer James E. McCabe
California Highway Patrol, CA
EOW: Friday, September 1, 1978
Cause of Death: Aircraft accident

Catoosa Police Department, Oklahoma

Chief of Police J. B. Hamby
Catoosa Police Department, OK
EOW: Friday, September 1, 1978
Cause of Death: Gunfire

Washington State Department of Corrections, Washington

Lieutenant Roger G. Sanders
Washington State Department of Corrections, WA
EOW: Friday, September 1, 1978
Cause of Death: Bomb

North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission, North Carolina

Wildlife Officer Troy M. Sigmon
North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission, NC
EOW: Friday, September 1, 1978
Cause of Death: Aircraft accident

Houston County Sheriff's Office, Georgia

Deputy Jesse Eugene Tanner, Jr.
Houston County Sheriff's Office, GA
EOW: Friday, September 1, 1978
Cause of Death: Gunfire

California Highway Patrol, California

Officer Gayle W. Wood, Jr.
California Highway Patrol, CA
EOW: Friday, September 1, 1978
Cause of Death: Aircraft accident

Blaine Police Department, Washington

Reserve Officer Douglas Orville Krenz
Blaine Police Department, WA
EOW: Monday, September 4, 1978
Cause of Death: Aircraft accident

Blaine Police Department, Washington

Assistant Chief of Police Larry Dean Duronso
Blaine Police Department, WA
EOW: Monday, September 4, 1978
Cause of Death: Aircraft accident

Kansas City Police Department, Missouri

Patrolman Douglas Alan Perry
Kansas City Police Department, MO
EOW: Wednesday, September 6, 1978
Cause of Death: Struck by vehicle

Marshall County Sheriff's Office, Iowa

Jailer Harry Euban Davis
Marshall County Sheriff's Office, IA
EOW: Saturday, September 9, 1978
Cause of Death: Gunfire

Chicago Police Department, Illinois

Sergeant Anthony F. Janowski
Chicago Police Department, IL
EOW: Thursday, September 14, 1978
Cause of Death: Automobile accident

San Miguel County Sheriff's Department, New Mexico

Deputy Sheriff Juan Leo Ortiz
San Miguel County Sheriff's Department, NM
EOW: Sunday, September 17, 1978
Cause of Death: Gunfire

Union Parish Sheriff's Department, Louisiana

Deputy Sheriff Robert V. Taylor
Union Parish Sheriff's Department, LA
EOW: Sunday, September 17, 1978
Cause of Death: Gunfire

Florida Highway Patrol, Florida

Trooper Alvin V. Kohler
Florida Highway Patrol, FL
EOW: Tuesday, September 19, 1978
Cause of Death: Gunfire

James City County Sheriff's Office, Virginia

Sergeant Earl Marlin Heisler
James City County Sheriff's Office, VA
EOW: Tuesday, September 19, 1978
Cause of Death: Gunfire

Dallas County Constable's Office - Precinct 1, Texas

Deputy Constable Joe Mack Cox
Dallas County Constable's Office - Precinct 1, TX
EOW: Monday, September 25, 1978
Cause of Death: Heart attack

Pierce County Sheriff's Department, Washington

Deputy Sheriff Kenneth J. Moran
Pierce County Sheriff's Department, WA
EOW: Friday, October 6, 1978
Cause of Death: Gunfire

Rutgers University Police Department, New Jersey

Detective Richard E. McGilvery
Rutgers University Police Department, NJ
EOW: Friday, October 6, 1978
Cause of Death: Gunfire (Accidental)

Appling County Sheriff's Office, Georgia

Deputy Sheriff Charlie Woodrow Simmons
Appling County Sheriff's Office, GA
EOW: Friday, October 6, 1978
Cause of Death: Struck by vehicle

Michigan State Police, Michigan

Trooper Norman R. Killough
Michigan State Police, MI
EOW: Saturday, October 7, 1978
Cause of Death: Gunfire (Accidental)

Punta Gorda Police Department, Florida

Assistant Chief Richard L. Beecher
Punta Gorda Police Department, FL
EOW: Tuesday, October 10, 1978
Cause of Death: Struck by vehicle

Iberville Parish Sheriff's Department, Louisiana

Deputy Sheriff Curtis H. Hendricks, Jr.
Iberville Parish Sheriff's Department, LA
EOW: Friday, October 13, 1978
Cause of Death: Vehicular assault

Walterboro Police Department, South Carolina

Patrolman William Dawson Breland, III
Walterboro Police Department, SC
EOW: Sunday, October 15, 1978
Cause of Death: Vehicle pursuit

Jeannette City Police Department, Pennsylvania

Patrolman Allen Regis "Jack" Capozzi
Jeannette City Police Department, PA
EOW: Wednesday, October 18, 1978
Cause of Death: Heart attack

Shreveport Police Department, Louisiana

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

New Oxford Borough Police Department, Pennsylvania

Patrolman James A. Redding
New Oxford Borough Police Department, PA
EOW: Sunday, October 22, 1978
Cause of Death: Vehicle pursuit

Maryland Natural Resources Police, Maryland

Lieutenant Colonel Harry L. George
Maryland Natural Resources Police, MD
EOW: Tuesday, October 24, 1978
Cause of Death: Aircraft accident

Taylorsville Police Department, Mississippi

Officer Edwin Glenn Bond, Jr.
Taylorsville Police Department, MS
EOW: Tuesday, October 24, 1978
Cause of Death: Gunfire

Delhi Township Police Department, Ohio

Police Officer John William Bechtol
Delhi Township Police Department, OH
EOW: Wednesday, October 25, 1978
Cause of Death: Automobile accident

West Virginia State Police, West Virginia

Corporal Dewey C. Shrewsbury
West Virginia State Police, WV
EOW: Wednesday, October 25, 1978
Cause of Death: Gunfire (Accidental)

Puerto Rico Police Department, Puerto Rico

Policeman Celestino Solivan-Almedina
Puerto Rico Police Department, PR
EOW: Wednesday, October 25, 1978
Cause of Death: Gunfire

Baltimore City Police Department, Maryland

Police Officer Nelson F. Bell, Jr.
Baltimore City Police Department, MD
EOW: Friday, October 27, 1978
Cause of Death: Gunfire

Vermilion Police Department, Ohio

Patrolman Francis Smolka
Vermilion Police Department, OH
EOW: Sunday, October 29, 1978
Cause of Death: Heart attack

Perrysburg City Police Department, Ohio

Sergeant Robert C. Schiffman
Perrysburg City Police Department, OH
EOW: Wednesday, November 1, 1978
Cause of Death: Automobile accident

Alabama Department of Public Safety, Alabama

Trooper Johnnie Earl Booker
Alabama Department of Public Safety, AL
EOW: Thursday, November 2, 1978
Cause of Death: Automobile accident

San Diego Police Department, California

Patrolman Archie Calvin Buggs
San Diego Police Department, CA
EOW: Saturday, November 4, 1978
Cause of Death: Gunfire

Jefferson County Police Department, Kentucky

Patrolman Kenneth R. Nally
Jefferson County Police Department, KY
EOW: Monday, November 6, 1978
Cause of Death: Motorcycle accident

New York City Police Department, New York

Detective Horace L. Ford
New York City Police Department, NY
EOW: Monday, November 6, 1978
Cause of Death: Gunfire

Utah Highway Patrol, Utah

Trooper Ray Lynn Pierson
Utah Highway Patrol, UT
EOW: Tuesday, November 7, 1978
Cause of Death: Gunfire

West Virginia Department of Natural Resources, West Virginia

Conservation Officer Wesley C. Frame, Jr.
West Virginia Department of Natural Resources, WV
EOW: Friday, November 10, 1978
Cause of Death: Gunfire

Chicago Police Department, Illinois

Police Officer James Days
Chicago Police Department, IL
EOW: Friday, November 10, 1978
Cause of Death: Heart attack

Georgia Department of Corrections, Georgia

Correctional Officer Ralph William Kimbro
Georgia Department of Corrections, GA
EOW: Wednesday, November 15, 1978
Cause of Death: Gunfire

San Antonio Police Department, Texas

Detective Bernabe Salazar, Jr.
San Antonio Police Department, TX
EOW: Thursday, November 16, 1978
Cause of Death: Gunfire

Lowell Police Department, Massachusetts

Police Officer Christos G. Rouses
Lowell Police Department, MA
EOW: Friday, November 17, 1978
Cause of Death: Gunfire

Gordon Police Department, Georgia

Chief of Police John Edward Roberts
Gordon Police Department, GA
EOW: Friday, November 24, 1978
Cause of Death: Heart attack

San Clemente Police Department, California

Police Officer Richard Thomas Steed
San Clemente Police Department, CA
EOW: Wednesday, November 29, 1978
Cause of Death: Gunfire

San Juan County Sheriff's Office, Colorado

Sheriff Virgil Mason
San Juan County Sheriff's Office, CO
EOW: Saturday, December 2, 1978
Cause of Death: Heart attack

Newton Police Department, Massachusetts

Sergeant James P. Carter, Jr.
Newton Police Department, MA
EOW: Sunday, December 3, 1978
Cause of Death: Vehicular assault

Michigan State Police, Michigan

Detective Sergeant Harry A. Sorenson
Michigan State Police, MI
EOW: Tuesday, December 5, 1978
Cause of Death: Automobile accident

Columbia Police Department, Mississippi

Patrolman Leonard Conerely
Columbia Police Department, MS
EOW: Thursday, December 7, 1978
Cause of Death: Gunfire

Texas Parks and Wildlife Department - Law Enforcement Division, Texas

Game Warden James Eugene Daughtrey
Texas Parks and Wildlife Department - Law Enforcement Division, TX
EOW: Friday, December 8, 1978
Cause of Death: Automobile accident

Shreveport Police Department, Louisiana

Patrolman James Arvil Burney, Jr.
Shreveport Police Department, LA
EOW: Saturday, December 9, 1978
Cause of Death: Automobile accident

Delaware County Courthouse and Park Police Department, Pennsylvania

Corporal Ernest L. Lang, Jr.
Delaware County Courthouse and Park Police Department, PA
EOW: Sunday, December 10, 1978
Cause of Death: Gunfire

Puerto Rico Police Department, Puerto Rico

Policeman Nestor Luis Rivas-Santana
Puerto Rico Police Department, PR
EOW: Sunday, December 10, 1978
Cause of Death: Gunfire

Guam Police Department, Guam

Police Officer III Tomas Mendiola Sablan
Guam Police Department, GU
EOW: Sunday, December 10, 1978
Cause of Death: Drowned

Arizona Department of Public Safety, Arizona

Officer Noah Mack Merrill, Jr.
Arizona Department of Public Safety, AZ
EOW: Monday, December 11, 1978
Cause of Death: Struck by vehicle

Fort Worth Police Department, Texas

Officer Jimmie F. Chadwell
Fort Worth Police Department, TX
EOW: Monday, December 11, 1978
Cause of Death: Gunfire

Kansas City Police Department, Missouri

Police Officer John J. O'Sullivan
Kansas City Police Department, MO
EOW: Tuesday, December 12, 1978
Cause of Death: Gunfire

Massachusetts State Police, Massachusetts

Trooper Donald E. Shea
Massachusetts State Police, MA
EOW: Saturday, December 16, 1978
Cause of Death: Automobile accident

Mission Police Department, Texas

Patrolman Fulgencio Velasco, III
Mission Police Department, TX
EOW: Saturday, December 16, 1978
Cause of Death: Gunfire

Franklin County Sheriff's Department, Mississippi

Deputy Sheriff Kirby Shell
Franklin County Sheriff's Department, MS
EOW: Sunday, December 17, 1978
Cause of Death: Gunfire

Metro Nashville Police Department, Tennessee

Officer Edward L. Tarkington
Metro Nashville Police Department, TN
EOW: Sunday, December 17, 1978
Cause of Death: Gunfire

Fort Worth Police Department, Texas

Detective Ronald G. Turner
Fort Worth Police Department, TX
EOW: Wednesday, December 20, 1978
Cause of Death: Automobile accident

California Highway Patrol, California

Officer William M. Freeman
California Highway Patrol, CA
EOW: Friday, December 22, 1978
Cause of Death: Gunfire

California Highway Patrol, California

Officer Roy P. Blecher
California Highway Patrol, CA
EOW: Friday, December 22, 1978
Cause of Death: Gunfire

Des Peres Police Department, Missouri

Officer John L. Oberkramer
Des Peres Police Department, MO
EOW: Sunday, December 24, 1978
Cause of Death: Vehicular assault

Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources - Wildlife and Freshwater Fisheries, Alabama

Conservation Officer Frank Stewart, Jr.
Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources - Wildlife and Freshwater Fisheries, AL
EOW: Sunday, December 24, 1978
Cause of Death: Gunfire

New York City Police Department, New York

Police Officer David Guttenberg
New York City Police Department, NY
EOW: Thursday, December 28, 1978
Cause of Death: Gunfire

Hudson Falls Police Department, New York

Patrolman William H. Clary
Hudson Falls Police Department, NY
EOW: Friday, December 29, 1978
Cause of Death: Automobile accident

Memphis Police Department, Tennessee

Patrolman James N. Bush, Jr.
Memphis Police Department, TN
EOW: Friday, December 29, 1978
Cause of Death: Vehicular assault

Paris Police Department, Maine

Patrolman Timothy L. Willard
Paris Police Department, ME
EOW: Friday, December 29, 1978
Cause of Death: Gunfire


Clarksville Police Department, Tennessee

K9 King
Clarksville Police Department, TN
EOW: Monday, May 22, 1978
Cause of Death: Gunfire

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Line of Duty Deaths: 216

Accidental: 2
Aircraft accident: 9
Assault: 4
Automobile accident: 27
Bomb: 1
Drowned: 4
Electrocuted: 1
Explosion: 1
Fire: 2
Gunfire: 101
Gunfire (Accidental): 5
Heart attack: 18
Motorcycle accident: 2
Stabbed: 5
Struck by train: 1
Struck by vehicle: 13
Vehicle pursuit: 8
Vehicular assault: 11
Weather/Natural disaster: 1

 

By Month

January: 14
February: 24
March: 9
April: 21
May: 20
June: 18
July: 23
August: 16
September: 16
October: 17
November: 13
December: 25

 

By State

Alabama: 8
Arizona: 2
Arkansas: 4
California: 21
Colorado: 1
Connecticut: 1
District of Columbia: 1
Florida: 7
Georgia: 8
Guam: 1
Illinois: 5
Indiana: 1
Iowa: 1
Kansas: 3
Kentucky: 2
Louisiana: 9
Maine: 1
Maryland: 7
Massachusetts: 6
Michigan: 6
Minnesota: 5
Mississippi: 5
Missouri: 5
Montana: 1
Nevada: 1
New Hampshire: 1
New Jersey: 5
New Mexico: 1
New York: 11
North Carolina: 5
Ohio: 6
Oklahoma: 7
Oregon: 1
Pennsylvania: 7
Puerto Rico: 8
South Carolina: 2
Tennessee: 8
Texas: 18
U.S. Government: 5
Utah: 1
Vermont: 2
Virginia: 4
Washington: 6
West Virginia: 2
Wisconsin: 3
Wyoming: 1

 

By Gender

Male: 216
Female: 0

 

Statistics

Average age: 36
Average tour of duty: 9 years, 2 months


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