With My Life, If Need Be

Senior Police Officer Dick V. Hobson, Jr.

Died June 11, 1996 when a foot pursuit and coordinated search for an armed robbery suspect led to a dark alley in downtown Tulsa. Officer Hobson entered the alley with his K-9 dog and fellow K-9 offic...

Officer Constantine G. "Gus" Spanos

Died April 23, 1993 as a result of a gunshot wound he received during an early morning car stop on April 22. About 1:48 a.m., Officer Spanos stopped a car at 5800 N. Cincinnati Ave. His backing office...

Officer James A. "Bert" Slay

Died Nov. 10, 1986 as the result of a vehicle accident. Officer Slay was writing parking tickets when his police vehicle apparently disengaged itself from park and began rolling forward, pinning him b...

Officer Chance F. Whiteman III

Died March 26, 1982 when the police helicopter he was piloting crashed while assisting patrol units during a pursuit. Radio contact was lost with the helicopter during the pursuit. The helicopter stru...

Officer Kelly L. Smythe

Died March 26, 1982 when the police helicopter he was riding in as an observer crashed while assisting patrol units during a pursuit. Radio contact was lost with the helicopter during the pursuit. The...

Officer Fabrienne M. Van Arsdell

Died July 25, 1981 when her patrol car was rammed from behind by a drunk driver. She stopped a drunk driver at 6300 S. Lewis Avenue. While she was sitting in her car running a records check,  ano...

Sergeant Donald L. Byerley

Died Dec. 15, 1980 as a result of injuries he received in a traffic collision. He stopped a vehicle on I-244 and a drunk driver struck his vehicle from behind. Sergeant Byerley remained in a coma for ...

Officer Carl V. "Poncho" Kime, Jr.

Died Nov. 5, 1979  as a result of a shotgun wound he received while searching a building that had been burglarized. The building’s security guard observed Officer Kime’s silhouette through a pegb...

Auxiliary Officer Glenn Truman Wortham

Died July 15, 1973 as a result of a heart attack resulting from an extended struggle with a stabbing suspect. After numerous struggles with the suspect, the suspect kicked Officer Wortham in his chest...

Sergeant J. Thurman Spybuck

Died April 3, 1971 as a result of a gunshot wound he received while assisting in the service of a search warrant. The armed suspect exited the residence and confronted Sergeant Spybuck. The two exchan...

Officer George Lee Brady

Died April 3, 1963 as a result of injuries he received in a traffic collision. While chasing a speeding vehicle, another vehicle pulled out in front of him causing him to go left of center. This resul...

Officer Hugh C. Greer

Died April 27, 1962 as a result of a gunshot wound he received when he and Officer Ray Burch approached two burglary suspects. One of the suspects grabbed Officer Greer’s pistol, killing Officer Greer...

Officer Thomas Ernest Milstead

Died Nov. 30, 1961 as a result of a gunshot wound. The suspect entered the dog pound and he and Officer Milstead got into an argument over a dog. The suspect went home, got a pistol, returned, and sho...

Officer Leroy E. Cowles

Died Sept. 8, 1961 as a result of injuries he received in a traffic collision. He was in pursuit of a speeding vehicle when his motorcycle collided with another vehicle that pulled out in front of him...

Officer Alan F. Yerton

Died December 25, 1959 as a result of injuries he received in a traffic collision. While enroute to a local hospital, his vehicle collided with another vehicle that pulled out in front of him. The sus...

Corporal Nelson F. Williams

Died June 1, 1958 as a result of injuries he received in a traffic collision. His vehicle collided with another vehicle that ran a red light. The intoxicated suspect was arrested

Officer Wallace Eugene Casey

Died May 12, 1957 as a result of injuries he received in a traffic collision. His motorcycle collided with another vehicle that pulled out in front of him. The suspect left the scene of the accident a...

Detective Cornelius W. White

Died May 17, 1951 as a result of gunshot wounds he received while transporting a rape suspect to jail. The suspect was killed in a shoot-out with police.

Officer James S. Peters

Died April 14, 1949 as a result of gunshot wounds he received while searching a lumberyard. He walked in on a burglary in progress and was shot by one or more burglary suspects. His murder still remai...

Officer Claud S. Lynch

Died Nov. 28, 1948 while assisting another officer who was struggling with a prisoner in a police car. He and Officer Henry Johnson arrested a man for discharging a firearm.  The suspect grabbed ...

Officer Lawrence M. Inman

Died March 13, 1947 as a result of injuries he received in a traffic collision on Jan. 15. While enroute to investigate a hijacking, the vehicle in which he was a passenger collided with a vehicle tha...

Captain Ray F. Cowan

Died Feb. 4, 1947 from a blow to the head he received while helping an officer who was fighting with a prisoner. He died six months after retirement. His death was attributed to the head injury.

Detective Ben H. Johnston

Died January 3, 1947 from gunshot wounds he received while he and Detective Cormack were arresting two men who were suspects in the death of Officer Jerry St. Clair.  They approached the suspect ...

Detective Sylvester R. Cormack

Died   Sept. 12, 1946 while he and Detective Ben Johnston were arresting two men who were suspects in the death of Officer Jerry St. Clair.  They approached the suspect vehicle at 1500 ...

Detective Gerald M. St. Clair

Died Sept. 2, 1946 as a result of a gunshot wound he received while pursuing an armed robbery suspect. The suspect shot over his shoulder striking Detective St. Clair who was in his car. The suspect w...

Officer Walter C. Busch

Died Oct. 10, 1944 as a result of injuries he received in a traffic collision. His motorcycle collided with another vehicle that pulled out in front of him.

Officer Lawrence Leroy "Shorty" Rogers

Died March 16, 1941 as a result of a gunshot wound he received when he and other officers were responding to a scene where M.K.T. Railroad Special Agent W.S. Wooten had been shot and killed. Upon arri...

Officer Edward W. Von Holten

Died March 24, 1937 from an accidental gunshot wound. As he began his shift, he intended to drive police matron Stella Geise to her residence.  He reached into the back seat to move a double barr...

Officer Walter N. Clark

Died Dec. 10, 1936 as a result of gunshot wounds he received November 5 when he approached a forgery suspect in a drug store. The suspect was killed in a shoot-out with police.

Detective Lawrence B. Mitchell

Died July 22, 1934 as a result of gunshot wounds he received when he and Detective W. L. Martin approached a suspicious person in a vehicle. The suspect began firing his pistol killing Detective Mitch...

Detective Henry C. Morrison

Died April 23, 1933 as a result of gunshot wounds he received while transporting an auto theft suspect to jail. A fight ensued and the suspect gained control of Detective Morrison’s pistol and shot hi...

Detective James A. Woolley

Died Jan. 23, 1931 as a result of a gunshot wound he received when he and Detective William Woolley approached a robbery suspect in a vehicle. As he approached the vehicle, the suspect fired a single ...

Officer William Sydney Brooks

Died Dec. 31, 1930 as a result of injuries he received in a traffic collision. He was following an ambulance to a hospital when his motorcycle collided with a truck and trailer that pulled onto the ro...

Officer Robert Jackson

Died on Oct. 31, 1927 as a result of  gunshot wounds he received while investigating a family disturbance on N. Greenwood Avenue. As Officer Jackson approached the residence, the suspect stepped ...

Officer Robert Donnelly

Died on Feb. 26, 1922 as a result of a gunshot wound he received when he and Bicycle Officer L. R. Granger stopped a vehicle suspected of transporting alcohol. One of the suspects exited the vehicle a...

Officer Ed Yoakum

Died October 27, 1920 as a result of a gunshot wound. He responded to a burglary in progress where a suspect was apprehended coming out of a house. The resident, not fully awakened, saw Officer Yoakum...

Detective William Charles Meachum

Died June 8, 1920 as the result of a gunshot wound. Detective W.C. Meachum was technically not a member of the police department when was shot. The incident occurred about 3:45 A.M. near Archer and Ma...

Officer Glenn Allison

Died on Feb. 7, 1918 from a head injury he received while taking two prisoners to jail from the Cosden Refinery.  The prisoner in the back seat struck Officer Allison over the head with a tire pu...

Sergeant John Harrod

Died November 9, 1917 as the result of an accidental gunshot wound when his pistol accidentally fell out of its holster. He was the first Tulsa Police Officer to die in the line of duty. Click play t...

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Tulsa Police Officers Memorial The Tulsa Police Officers' Memorial is dedicated to those Tulsa Police Officers who bravely gave their lives in the line of duty - and to acknowledge the risk and commitment assumed daily by Tulsa Police Officers who have served, and continue to serve, the Tulsa Community in the protection of lives and property.

When complete, the Tulsa Police Officers' Memorial will be the largest police memorial in the United States other than the National Police Memorial located in Washington, D. C.

Visit the links above to learn more about the memorial and how you can support this effort.

 

About the Memorial

Since 1917, the Tulsa Police Department has suffered the loss of 39 police officers who were killed in the line of duty. Every new police officer takes an oath of office which contains the following statement: “I will protect the Right, Lives, and Property of all citizens and uphold the honor of the Police Profession, with my life, if need be.” These 39 officers gave the ultimate sacrifice for the citizens of Tulsa.

In September 1996, a small group of individuals who shared a common dream came together to form the Tulsa Police Officers' Memorial Committee. This group consists of police officers, retired officers, officers' families, and police chaplains. Their dream is to build an everlasting memorial to honor Tulsa police officers who were killed in the line of duty; to create a place where police officers, family members of fallen officers, and citizens can come to honor those officers who bravely gave their lives in the line of duty.


Artist's rendition of the proposed Memorial, which will be located at the Tulsa Police Training Center.
Artist's rendition of the proposed Memorial, which will be located at the Tulsa Police Training Center.

As it is today.
As it is today.

The original proposed Memorial Park would feature a Wall of Memory, which would list the fallen officers' names in granite. There would also be bronze reliefs depicting different units within the Police Department.  In front of the wall would be a statue of a Tulsa police officer handing a folded flag to the child of a fallen officer, as well as a replica of the Tulsa Police badge set in granite or tile. 
Encircling that would be a Walk of Honor, a tree lined sidewalk with a walkway leading to each tree.  A brick engraved with the officer's name would be set into each pathway, and the trees will shade a park bench and a plaque displaying information about each officer.

This is the architect's overhead view of the Memorial Park to be built on the entry grounds of the Tulsa Police Training Center.  This artwork prepared by Tulsa Architect, Charles Ward.
This is the architect's overhead view of the Memorial Park to be built on the
entry grounds of the Tulsa Police Training Center.  This artwork prepared by
Tulsa Architect, Charles Ward.

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As it is today.
The final plan changed parttly due to the layout of the property.  The original concept stayed the same - a statue of a Tulsa Police Officer handing a folded flag to a child as the focal point.  Behind the statue is a wall that has our Oath of Office highlighting the last line "...With My Life if Need Be."  There is also a Walk of Honor where each officer has a station with a rememberance plaque and a bench. 

Each year a candlelight vigil and memorial service is conducted the first weekend of May at the Tulsa Police Officers' Memorial to honor those Tulsa Police Officers who gave their lives in the line of duty.  National Police Week is the week of May 15th.

Estimated costs for the memorial are $450,000 for construction and another $200,000 for a permanent endowment to maintain the memorial. The endowment will be placed with the Tulsa Community Foundation.

The Tulsa Police Officers' Memorial Fund is a private trust. NO City of Tulsa or Police Department funds will be collected or used to build or maintain this memorial.
 
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