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Detective William J. Grooms

Kansas City Police Department, Missouri

End of Watch Saturday, June 17, 1933

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Kansas City Police recruits honor officers who died before them in the Union Station Massacre

Posted by Fox 4 News September 6, 2019

KCPD honors Union Station Massacre victims

KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- June 17, 1933 is an infamous date in the city's history.

That's the date of the Union Station Massacre, when Kansas City gained a national reputation for organized crime.

On this day, two Kansas City police officers, an FBI agent and a police chief from Oklahoma were all gunned down in front of Union Station as part of a failed attempt to free mobster Frank Nash.

Police recruits took time Friday morning, Sept. 6, 2019, to honor the four fallen law enforcement officers killed 86 years ago. The class ran to the memorial and did push-ups to honor their memories.

Officers said it's important to never forget the sacrifices made by those who came before them. They said a tight bond among law enforcement is critical for their safety and security now more than ever.

"Just like KCPD, nationally, all law enforcement understands the sacrifices that are made, and we are always remembering those who have fallen and those that were here before us," Capt. Tim Hernandez, of the KCPD, said. "Including the McAlester, Oklahoma, police department and FBI, we are all one big family.

Paying tribute to officers killed in the line of duty is a team building tradition among police recruits.

"Out of the 750,000 law enforcement officers throughout the nation, we always remember those who made the ultimate sacrifice," Hernandez said.

So far this year, 85 law enforcement officers have been killed in the line of duty nation-wide, according to the Officer Down Memorial Page.

As for the perpetrators of the Union Station Massacre, they didn't survive much longer than the officers. Vernon Miller was found dead a couple of months later. Police killed Pretty Boy Floyd in another shootout the next year. Adam Richetti was captured in the same incident and executed in 1938.

Retired Police Officer
NYPD

September 7, 2019

Rest in peace Detective Grooms.

Rabbi Lewis S. Davis

June 17, 2019

Time may have passed but you are not forgotten. I believe as long as someone remembers you or speaks your name, you are still with us.
Thank you for your heroism.
GOD Bless

Detention Officer A.Zambito
Texas

June 17, 2015

I have noted that on this date, in various years, multiple deaths occurred due to single events. How disturbing that so many can be taken at one time as often as seems the case on this date; 4 events, 6 different law enforcement agencies, 12 law enforcement officers.

On this anniversary of these events, I wish to recognize the heroism of each.

May you, Detective Grooms, forever Rest in Peace, and God Bless you, Brother.

Ptl. Jim Leahy, Jr.
Harvard University Police Dept.

June 17, 2015

To fully appreciate the heroes of the present, we must recognize our heroes of the past. Your heroism and service is honored today, the 79th anniversary year of your death. 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 Loya
Mom of fallen California Officer Larry Lasater, Pittsburg PD, eow 4/24/05

November 22, 2012

Your name will live in the history books for all time, sir.
May your descendents be blessed by our Grand Creator.
A hero only dies once, but a coward dies a thousand times.
Rest in peace, hero.

Steve Brandon
Former lawman

July 7, 2007

May you and all of the brave and courageous law enforcement officers who gave their lives as a result of this incident always rest in peace. You will always be remembered.

Cpl/1 Steven Rizzo
Delaware State Police

June 17, 2007

Many years have passed since your death but you are still remembered and will forever be looked upon as a hero. May you have peace. Thank you for your service.

Respectfully submitted on behalf of my department,

Matthew Lewek
Menomonee Falls (WI) Police Department

January 21, 2007

Your sacrifice shall not be forgotten.
We will continue the fight from here.

Police Officer
Chicago Police Dept.

November 5, 2004

Rest in peace Brother William, you are a true hero and will never be forgotten.

Son of G. Truman Wortham EOW 7/15/73

May 28, 2004

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