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Fallen Officers

Officer End of Watch Description
Celena Hollis June 24, 2012

Officer was ambushed, shot and killed while investigating a large crowd distrubance.

Donald R. Young May 8, 2005

Officer was ambushed by a suspect, shot in the back and died of his wounds.  

Dennis Licata September 6, 2000

Officer was fatally injured when his motorcycle collided with a vehicle while enroute to an industrial accident.

Bruce L. Vanderjagt November 12, 1997

In a shoot-out involving several officers, with a burglary suspect, officer was killed by a suspect.

Ronald L. DeHerrera March 26, 1997

Officer was hit and killed by a stolen vehicle that was driven by a juvenile suspect.

Shawn J. Leinen February 25, 1995

Officer confronted a juvenile auto prowl suspect who pulled a gun and killed him.

Robert W. Wallis February 9, 1988

Officer was struck by a vehicle and killed while a robbery suspect was fleeing.

James E. Wier June 3, 1987

Officer was killed by a shotgun blast that occurred while he was investigating a domestic disturbance.

Patrick J. Pollock December 12, 1986

Officer was shot and killed while attempting to arrest an armed robber.

Kathleen Garcia March 28, 1981

Officer was shot and killed by an unknown suspect in an ambush.

Donald L. DeBruno December 10, 1975

Officer was shot and killed by a suspect responsible for three other police deaths in the US and Canada.

William E. Smith January 23, 1975

Officer was shot and killed during a robbery in progress at a bar.

Merle E. Nading October 3, 1971

Officer was shot and killed while attempting to quall a disturbance in a parking lot.

William J. Wirtz February 10, 1971

Officer died of injuries sustained in a motorcycle accident that occurred on January 18, 1971.

Paul D. Wilson September 14, 1968

Officer was a victim of a gun accident at a district station.

Paul L. Major January 20, 1965

Officer was shot and killed while trying to apprehend a robbery suspect who was fleeing in a stolen car.

Carl B. Knobbe September 12, 1962

Officer was shot and killed by an ex-convict wanted on robbery charges.

Darrel J. Suer March 11, 1962

Officer was shot and killed during a robbery while eating dinner with his family.

Donald L. Seick February 12, 1958

Officer was shot and killed during a robbery in progress.

William A. Classen February 11, 1953

Officer was shot and killed by an ex-convict during a burglary in progress.

Virgil M. Hall July 5, 1945

Officer was shot and killed by auto theft suspects.

Earl F. Burns February 16, 1939

Officer was killed when he fell down the stairs at the Albany Hotel, where he was assigned to work a convention.

Fred Renovato October 13, 1938

Officer was shot and killed on the street while trying to break up a family fight.

Forrest E. Sawyer March 8, 1937

Officer was shot and killed by a drunk who had a grudge against police.

Pasquale C. Marinaro April 17, 1936

Officer was shot and killed by a gunman wanted for murder.

Robert M. Campbell February 11, 1936

He was a police surgeon who died of injuries sustained in an automobile accident.

Alson E. McCasland May 28, 1935

Officer was injured in an auto-motorcycle accident. He died of complications.

John J. O’Donnell March 22, 1934

Officer was struck and killed in a police car accident.

Clarence E. Fraker March 22, 1934

Officer was struck and killed in a police car accident.

Thomas J. O’Connor March 15, 1934

Officer was struck and killed by an automobile.

John F. Dea February 11, 1933

Officer was shot and killed by a mental suspect who opened fire at an auction, killing two officers and two citizens.

George P. Schneider February 11, 1933

Officer was shot and killed by a mental suspect who opened fire at an auction, killing two officers and two citizens.

William C. Keating August 31, 1931

Officer was shot and killed by robbery suspects.

Clarence W. Alston March 24, 1929

Officer was shot and killed by robbery suspects.

Thomas J. Durkin January 4, 1929

Officer was struck and killed by a vehicle while on foot patrol.

Robert K. Evans November 28, 1928

Officer was shot and killed by his wife while recuperating in the hospital from gunshot wounds sustained on duty. 

Harry R. Ohle November 22, 1928

Officer was shot and killed by bootleggers, one of whom was wanted for robbery.

Elmer I. Rich March 23, 1927

Officer was shot and killed while attempting to quiet a family fight.

James Shannon April 14, 1925

Officer was killed with his own gun by a robbery suspect.

Richie Rose October 21, 1922

Officer was ambushed, shot and killed by bootleggers.

Arthur J. Pinkerton May 30, 1921

Officer was electrocuted by a fallen arc light that he attempted to move away from pedestrians.

Forrest Ross April 4, 1921

Officer died in an auto accident while responding to a riot call.

Clarence E. Zietz April 2, 1921

Officer died in an auto accident while responding to a riot call. 

James E. Boggio January 8, 1920

Officer was shot and killed by a suspect wanted for prohibition violations.

George C. Klein August 29, 1919

Officer was ambushed and killed at home by suspected bootleggers.

Emerson L. McKinnon May 20, 1919

Officer died after falling through an elevator shaft during a fire.

Luther McMahill September 14, 1918

Officer was shot and killed when he confronted a “Bandit Gang.”

William McPherson March 19, 1912

Officer was shot and killed during a robbery in progress.

William P. Stephens August 25, 1908

Officer was shot and killed by a mounted horse thief.

William H. Beck May 2, 1908

Officer was shot and killed by a burglar.

John Spellman June 18, 1906

Officer was shot and killed while trying to arrest three drunk men.

William Bohanna March 15, 1905

Officer was shot and killed by a barricaded suspect while responding on an ambulance call to assist a woman who had been shot.

Franklin Dulin March 14, 1905

Officer was shot and killed by a barricaded suspect while responding on an ambulance call to assist a woman who had been shot.

William E. Griffiths August 13, 1899

Officer was shot and killed by drunk soldiers who were leaving a bar, after demanding that they surrender a gun.

Thomas C. Clifford August 13, 1899

Officer was shot and killed by drunk soldiers who were leaving a bar, after demanding that they surrender a gun.   

Alpheus J. Moore March 19, 1895

Officer was shot and killed by a burglary suspect he was pursuing.

Charles A. Hawley January 16, 1891

Officer was shot and killed on the street by a suspect known to the officer.

Charles F. Wanless September 3, 1890

Officer was killed by a drunk suspect, while attempting to arrest the suspect.

John C. Phillips July 7, 1889

Officer was shot and killed by an unknown burglar.