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Assistant Chief of Police J. W. Hawkins

Lawton Police Department, Oklahoma

End of Watch Tuesday, April 12, 1904

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Reflections for Assistant Chief of Police J. W. Hawkins

I last wrote about my husband's uncle,Colonel J.W.(Will)Hawkins and the years long search by Sgt.Jeremy Coe of the Lawton,Okla. PD to find his grave and that of 3 other officers killed in the line of duty. I couldn't find Sgt Coe's email address but wanted him to know Colonel Hawkins story has now been written up in the magazine Wild West by Australian author Peter Brand. Colonel Hawkins died April 12,1904. Sgt. Coe has had a stone placed at our uncle's tombstone and we are so appreciative of him and this wonderful author who learned of our uncle while he worked in Cripple Creek,Colorado and before he came to Lawton working under the famous Heck. Thomas.


March 29, 2017

A stone has now been placed at the final resting place of Col.J.W.(Will) Hawkins gravesite,my husband and 2 brothers Uncle. Words are not enough to express how appreciative the family is to Sgt. Jeremy Coe,Lawton Sheriff Dept. in Lawton,Okla. and his years long quest in finding Uncle Will's location and burial site and the laying of this stone in appreciation of laying down his life as a lawman. Thanks greatly to Sgt. Coe and any others who worked toward finally closing this case.And certainly Deuce Gragg from Gragg Monument who so graciously donated the in-ground headstones for these fallen lawmen.We will never forget Lawton and what Sgt. Coe did, He is a hero to this family.

niece (by marriage)

June 23, 2014

This search for my husband's uncle's final resting place has been so heart-warming to this family. So much that the family never knew. My husband's father was the brother who came out to Lawton to retrieve his brother's body just as the good citizens of Lawton were on their way to the cemetery to bury my husband's uncle. The family so appreciates what the people of Lawton and lawmen have done for their uncle from 1904 through now. My husband has the original Lawton newspaper relating the story of his Uncle's death to the way to the cemetery which was a beautifully written article. We are so appreciative of this search for his final resting place and the other 3 lawmen. This search may well be one of the oldest cold cases known of. The family appreciates all the work and time put into this search and are very proud of their Uncle. Also appreciated are all these wonderful words left in Reflections for their Uncle who they never met but have wonderful pictures to remember him by.

Beverly Dianne Hawkins

May 5, 2014

Your heroism and service is honored today, the 108th anniversary 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 murdered in the line of duty on April 24, 2005 while serving as a Pittsburg, CA police officer.

Time never dimishes respect, and your memory will always be honored and revered

Phyllis Loya
Mom of fallen California Officer Larry Lasater, Pittsburg PD, eow 4/24/05

January 1, 2012

Asst. Chief Hawkins,
On today, the 112th anniversary of your death I would just like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice for the citizens of Lawton. And to your family and loved ones, I wish to extend my deepest sympathy.



January 1, 2012

Will Hawkins was my Great Uncle. He is buried at Timberidge Baptist Church in Lula, Georgia. There is a nice headstone and it is a pretty cemetary. I love to hear information regarding my uncle. I appreciate all the kind words.

Karen Sibcy
great niece

September 29, 2011

Rest in Peace Sir,
I hope to one day find where you are resting and make sure you have a stone placed on your resting place. We honor your service and I will work as hard as I can to find where you are buried.

Sgt. Jeremy Coe
Lawton Police Department

May 13, 2011

Rest in Peace!

Police Corporal Matt Lyons (Historian)
Oceanside Police Department, Cal

January 21, 2008



December 29, 2007

May god be with you and your family. Thank you for everything you had done for the city of Lawton.

Motor officer Terry Pauley
Plano PD

October 10, 2007


Each day I try to read the ODMP. Today I read your story. Any officer who dies in the line of duty will always be remembered for his sacrafice. You died a hero. Rest in peace Chief Hawkins.

Captain Robert W Cannon, Ret.
Vermilion Co, Il. Sheriff's Dept.

May 12, 2004

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