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Officer William Murphy

Mobile Police Department, Alabama

End of Watch Friday, October 18, 1929

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Reflections for Officer William Murphy

Motorcycle officer, beat cop killed in the line of duty more than 90 years ago finally get grave markers

Posted on Oct. 16, 2020

MOBILE, Ala. (WKRG) — In times of tragedy we often say “we will never forget” but sometimes we actually do forget. That was the case for nearly a century after two Mobile officers were killed in the line of duty.

Today that is all changing.

Oct. 18, 1929, Officer WF “Happy” Murphy, a motorcycle officer stopped, a speeding car on Broad Street near Conti. You’ve heard it before, there is no such thing as a routine traffic stop. Even in 1929, being an officer in Mobile was a dangerous job. It would be Murphy’s last traffic stop. He was shot and killed by the occupants of the stolen car. He left behind a wife and three children.

That was far from the first loss for the Mobile Police Department. Just three years earlier, Officer Christopher Dean was shot and killed while checking on four suspicious men in his beat. He never had the chance to draw his own weapon.

They are just two of Mobile’s finest who have fallen protecting citizens. Fallen, and for decades, in a way, forgotten. 100 years after Mobile had its first officer killed in the line of duty, our fallen heroes are honored by the entire town, showing they back the blue. These two men, however, didn’t even get a proper grave marker. Friday, more than 90 years after they laid down their lives for their city, that wrong has been righted. Their names, Happy Murphy, Christopher Dean, now forever etched in stone and once again on the minds and in the hearts of the citizens of the city they served.

Murphy’s killer was sentenced to life but was paroled after 15 years. Dean’s killer was sentenced to death.

Retired Police Officer

October 17, 2020

Thank you, Officer Murphy, for the ultimate sacrifice in protecting the citizens of Mobile.

Ga Deputy Sheriff (Ret)

October 17, 2020

Officer Murphy,
On today, the 90th anniversary of your death I would just like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice for the citizens of Mobile.


United States Border Patrol

October 18, 2019

Rest in peace Officer Murphy.

Rabbi Lewis S. Davis

January 26, 2019

Your heroism and service is honored today, the 82nd 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.

Rest In Peace

Phyllis Loya

Phyllis Loya
mom of fallen officer Larry Lasater

October 18, 2011

Well it has been almost 80 years since this happened. You know what they say YOU WILL NEVER BE FORGOTTEN. May God Bless your family.


May 22, 2009

Rest in Peace, Officer Murphy. Your sacrifice if not forgotten.

Officer 11169

October 26, 2006

Gone but not forgotten. We pause to remember Officer Murphy and pray for his family at this time of year, the anniversary of his death.

Major D.W. Warren
Montgomery P.D.

October 24, 2006

No Officer that gave his life should be without reflection. "For those who pledge to uphold it, freedom requires a sacrifice the protected will never know."


January 2, 2004

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