Chief of Police William Kirby

Chief of Police William Kirby

Jay Police Department, Oklahoma

End of Watch Saturday, November 23, 1974

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William Kirby

Chief of Police William Kirby suffered a fatal heart attack while struggling with a man he had just arrested for being drunk in public.

The man started resisting as he and a sheriff's deputy took the man into the jail. The two struggled with the prisoner up three flights of stairs until getting him into a jail cell. Chief Kirby collapsed moments later.

The subject was charged with first-degree manslaughter in connection with Chief Kirby's death.

Chief Kirby was survived by his wife and two daughters.


  • Age 42
  • Tour Not available
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Heart attack
  • Weapon Person
  • Offender Not available


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To fully appreciate the heroes of the present, we must recognize our heroes of the past. Your heroism and service is honored today, the 48th anniversary year of your death. I am privileged to leave a tribute to you. Your memory lives and you continue to inspire. Thank you for your service. My cherished son Larry Lasater was a fellow police officer who was murdered in the line of duty on April 24, 2005 while serving as a Pittsburg, CA police officer.

Time never diminishes respect. Your memory will always be honored and revered. Rest In Peace.

Phyllis Lasater Loya
mom of fallen Pittsburg Officer Larry Lasater, eow 4/24/05

August 8, 2018

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