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Officers Killed on This Day in History
Montague County Sheriff's Office, Texas

Deputy Sheriff Robert L. Broaddus
Montague County Sheriff's Office, TX
EOW: Tuesday, October 17, 1876
Cause of Death: Gunfire

Moorhead Police Department, Minnesota

Police Officer Peter Poull, Jr.
Moorhead Police Department, MN
EOW: Wednesday, October 17, 1888
Cause of Death: Gunfire

Falmouth Police Department, Kentucky

Town Marshal Sam Voglesong
Falmouth Police Department, KY
EOW: Friday, October 17, 1890
Cause of Death: Gunfire

Stockton Police Department, California

Police Officer Henry R. Baker
Stockton Police Department, CA
EOW: Wednesday, October 17, 1894
Cause of Death: Struck by train

Baltimore City Police Department, Maryland

Police Officer John J. Dailey
Baltimore City Police Department, MD
EOW: Thursday, October 17, 1895
Cause of Death: Gunfire

Dobbs Ferry Police Department, New York

Police Officer William F. Boyle
Dobbs Ferry Police Department, NY
EOW: Sunday, October 17, 1897
Cause of Death: Electrocuted

Mineola Police Department, Texas

City Marshal Marcus Tillman Cage
Mineola Police Department, TX
EOW: Saturday, October 17, 1903
Cause of Death: Gunfire

Brookline Police Department, Massachusetts

Patrolman Joseph McMurray
Brookline Police Department, MA
EOW: Monday, October 17, 1904
Cause of Death: Gunfire

Memphis Police Department, Tennessee

Patrolman Robert C. Jameson
Memphis Police Department, TN
EOW: Monday, October 17, 1904
Cause of Death: Gunfire

Eureka County Sheriff's Office, Nevada

Deputy Sheriff Ernest Evans
Eureka County Sheriff's Office, NV
EOW: Thursday, October 17, 1907
Cause of Death: Gunfire

Shawnee Police Department, Oklahoma

Chief of Police Marion K. Farrel
Shawnee Police Department, OK
EOW: Thursday, October 17, 1907
Cause of Death: Assault

Tipton County Sheriff's Office, Tennessee

Deputy Sheriff Charles M. Webb
Tipton County Sheriff's Office, TN
EOW: Thursday, October 17, 1907
Cause of Death: Gunfire

Galesburg Police Department, Illinois

Chief of Police Thomas Linn Mathews
Galesburg Police Department, IL
EOW: Sunday, October 17, 1915
Cause of Death: Gunfire

Detroit Police Department, Michigan

Police Officer Norman F. Towler
Detroit Police Department, MI
EOW: Wednesday, October 17, 1917
Cause of Death: Gunfire

Dunkirk Police Department, New York

Patrolman George Nelson
Dunkirk Police Department, NY
EOW: Sunday, October 17, 1920
Cause of Death: Gunfire

California Department of Fish and Wildlife, California

Game Warden James S. White
California Department of Fish and Wildlife, CA
EOW: Wednesday, October 17, 1923
Cause of Death: Gunfire

Metropolitan Police Department, District of Columbia

Officer John Purcell
Metropolitan Police Department, DC
EOW: Wednesday, October 17, 1923
Cause of Death: Gunfire

Pennsylvania State Police, Pennsylvania

Sergeant Edwin Francis Haas
Pennsylvania State Police, PA
EOW: Friday, October 17, 1924
Cause of Death: Gunfire (Accidental)

Union County Park Police Department, New Jersey

Patrolman Edwin B. Fitzpatrick
Union County Park Police Department, NJ
EOW: Wednesday, October 17, 1928
Cause of Death: Vehicular assault

Detroit Police Department, Michigan

Police Officer David E. Coy
Detroit Police Department, MI
EOW: Thursday, October 17, 1929
Cause of Death: Gunfire

Elmsford Police Department, New York

Patrolman George W. Olsen
Elmsford Police Department, NY
EOW: Thursday, October 17, 1929
Cause of Death: Motorcycle crash

Imperial County Sheriff's Office, California

Deputy Sheriff Ivan Ernest Null
Imperial County Sheriff's Office, CA
EOW: Thursday, October 17, 1935
Cause of Death: Gunfire

Pennsylvania Railroad Police Department, Railroad Police

Patrolman Eugene A. Gurganus
Pennsylvania Railroad Police Department, RR
EOW: Thursday, October 17, 1935
Cause of Death: Gunfire

Boone County Constable's Office, West Virginia

Constable Cecil Alvin Ferrell
Boone County Constable's Office, WV
EOW: Sunday, October 17, 1937
Cause of Death: Gunfire

St. Petersburg Police Department, Florida

Officer William G. Newberry
St. Petersburg Police Department, FL
EOW: Sunday, October 17, 1937
Cause of Death: Gunfire

Pennsylvania Motor Police, Pennsylvania

Private Dean N. Zeigler
Pennsylvania Motor Police, PA
EOW: Saturday, October 17, 1942
Cause of Death: Automobile crash

Cincinnati Police Department, Ohio

Patrolman Walter H. Williams
Cincinnati Police Department, OH
EOW: Wednesday, October 17, 1951
Cause of Death: Automobile crash

Gladwin Police Department, Michigan

Chief of Police Carl Dennings Raymond
Gladwin Police Department, MI
EOW: Monday, October 17, 1955
Cause of Death: Automobile crash

Piqua Police Department, Ohio

Lieutenant Noah Daniel Studebaker
Piqua Police Department, OH
EOW: Thursday, October 17, 1957
Cause of Death: Gunfire

United States Department of the Treasury - Internal Revenue Service - Alcohol and Tobacco Tax Division, U.S. Government

Investigator Julian Sangster Majors
United States Department of the Treasury - Internal Revenue Service - Alcohol and Tobacco Tax Division, US
EOW: Thursday, October 17, 1957
Cause of Death: Heart attack

Atlanta Police Department, Georgia

Officer Hiram B. Durrett
Atlanta Police Department, GA
EOW: Thursday, October 17, 1963
Cause of Death: Motorcycle crash

Cross County Sheriff's Department, Arkansas

Deputy Sheriff Ivy Edward Ringgold
Cross County Sheriff's Department, AR
EOW: Thursday, October 17, 1963
Cause of Death: Automobile crash

Delaware State Police, Delaware

Trooper Robert A. Paris
Delaware State Police, DE
EOW: Thursday, October 17, 1963
Cause of Death: Gunfire

Riverbank Police Department, California

Patrolman Harold B. Harless
Riverbank Police Department, CA
EOW: Sunday, October 17, 1965
Cause of Death: Vehicular assault

Philadelphia Police Department, Pennsylvania

Police Officer William Albert Lackman
Philadelphia Police Department, PA
EOW: Thursday, October 17, 1968
Cause of Death: Gunfire

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

Special Agent Thomas K. Wooge
United States Department of the Treasury - United States Secret Service, US
EOW: Thursday, October 17, 1968
Cause of Death: Heart attack

Burnett County Sheriff's Department, Wisconsin

Undersheriff Richard Floyd Schinzing
Burnett County Sheriff's Department, WI
EOW: Thursday, October 17, 1974
Cause of Death: Heart attack

Sequatchie County Sheriff's Office, Tennessee

Deputy Sheriff Paul Schwiger
Sequatchie County Sheriff's Office, TN
EOW: Monday, October 17, 1977
Cause of Death: Struck by vehicle

Pennsylvania Board of Probation and Parole, Pennsylvania

Parole Agent Michael M. Haduck
Pennsylvania Board of Probation and Parole, PA
EOW: Monday, October 17, 1983
Cause of Death: Fall

Barnstable Police Department, Massachusetts

Patrol Officer Edward Thomas Richard Landers
Barnstable Police Department, MA
EOW: Wednesday, October 17, 1984
Cause of Death: Heart attack

Bal Harbour Police Department, Florida

Police Officer John R. Melendez
Bal Harbour Police Department, FL
EOW: Thursday, October 17, 1985
Cause of Death: Automobile crash

Cook County Sheriff's Police Department, Illinois

Investigator Michael W. Ridges
Cook County Sheriff's Police Department, IL
EOW: Thursday, October 17, 1985
Cause of Death: Gunfire

Melbourne Police Department, Florida

Officer Joseph Steven Pellicano
Melbourne Police Department, FL
EOW: Friday, October 17, 1986
Cause of Death: Struck by vehicle

Detroit Police Department, Michigan

Lieutenant James L. Schmit
Detroit Police Department, MI
EOW: Monday, October 17, 1988
Cause of Death: Gunfire

Detroit Police Department, Michigan

Police Officer Frank E. Walls
Detroit Police Department, MI
EOW: Monday, October 17, 1988
Cause of Death: Gunfire

New York City Police Department, New York

Police Officer Anthony T. Dwyer
New York City Police Department, NY
EOW: Tuesday, October 17, 1989
Cause of Death: Assault

South Brunswick Police Department, New Jersey

Patrolman Robert Anthony Cardone
South Brunswick Police Department, NJ
EOW: Tuesday, October 17, 1989
Cause of Death: Struck by vehicle

Maryland State Police, Maryland

Trooper First Class Edward Plank
Maryland State Police, MD
EOW: Tuesday, October 17, 1995
Cause of Death: Gunfire

Jacksonville Sheriff's Office, Florida

Sergeant James Ward
Jacksonville Sheriff's Office, FL
EOW: Thursday, October 17, 1996
Cause of Death: Heart attack

Kankakee City Police Department, Illinois

Patrolman Anthony R. Samfay
Kankakee City Police Department, IL
EOW: Thursday, October 17, 1996
Cause of Death: Gunfire

Maine State Police, Maine

Detective Glenn Strange
Maine State Police, ME
EOW: Friday, October 17, 1997
Cause of Death: Heart attack

Sacramento Police Department, California

Police Officer Emily Jewett Morgenroth
Sacramento Police Department, CA
EOW: Friday, October 17, 1997
Cause of Death: Vehicular assault

Rogers County Sheriff's Office, Oklahoma

Reserve Deputy Gary Lee Cook
Rogers County Sheriff's Office, OK
EOW: Saturday, October 17, 1998
Cause of Death: Struck by vehicle

Rowan County Sheriff's Office, North Carolina

Deputy Sheriff Richard Allen Hillard
Rowan County Sheriff's Office, NC
EOW: Sunday, October 17, 1999
Cause of Death: Vehicle pursuit

United States Department of Justice - Immigration and Naturalization Service - Detention and Deportation, U.S. Government

Detention Enforcement Officer Tommy Kwok Chin
United States Department of Justice - Immigration and Naturalization Service - Detention and Deportation, US
EOW: Sunday, October 17, 1999
Cause of Death: Duty related illness

Moss Point Police Department, Mississippi

Police Officer Larry DeWayne Lee
Moss Point Police Department, MS
EOW: Thursday, October 17, 2002
Cause of Death: Vehicle pursuit

West Palm Beach Police Department, Florida

Police Officer Thomas Joseph Morash
West Palm Beach Police Department, FL
EOW: Friday, October 17, 2003
Cause of Death: Motorcycle crash

Chambers County Sheriff's Office, Texas

Deputy Sheriff Dirk Ray Knearem
Chambers County Sheriff's Office, TX
EOW: Sunday, October 17, 2004
Cause of Death: Automobile crash

Manchester Police Department, New Hampshire

Officer Michael Leland Briggs
Manchester Police Department, NH
EOW: Tuesday, October 17, 2006
Cause of Death: Gunfire

This Day in History

 

Total Line of Duty Deaths: 59

Assault: 2
Automobile crash: 6
Duty related illness: 1
Electrocuted: 1
Fall: 1
Gunfire: 28
Gunfire (Accidental): 1
Heart attack: 6
Motorcycle crash: 3
Struck by train: 1
Struck by vehicle: 4
Vehicle pursuit: 2
Vehicular assault: 3

 

By State

Arkansas: 1
California: 5
Delaware: 1
District of Columbia: 1
Florida: 5
Georgia: 1
Illinois: 3
Kentucky: 1
Maine: 1
Maryland: 2
Massachusetts: 2
Michigan: 5
Minnesota: 1
Mississippi: 1
Nevada: 1
New Hampshire: 1
New Jersey: 2
New York: 4
North Carolina: 1
Ohio: 2
Oklahoma: 2
Pennsylvania: 4
Railroad Police: 1
Tennessee: 3
Texas: 3
U.S. Government: 3
West Virginia: 1
Wisconsin: 1
 
 
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