Candlelight Vigil!

Memorial-Oath-on-wall-006This year, the National Peace Officers Memorial Day will fall on Sunday, May 15. National Police Week (NPW) takes place during the calendar week on which May 15 falls, so this year’s official NPW dates are Sunday, May 15, 2016, through Saturday, May 21, 2016.  Here in Tulsa we will be honoring our fallen tonight (Friday, May 6th) with our Candlelight Vigil (8:30 PM) and tomorrow (Saturday, May 7th) with our Memorial Service (10 AM).

I’ve never actually been to Washington, DC to attend the National Police Week events, but I did find myself in DC a couple of weeks ago and stopped by the National Peace Officers Memorial to pay my respects.  During my visit, I copied down the location at the National Memorial for each of Tulsa’s fallen.  So, if you are planning a visit to DC in the future, here is a list of Tulsa’s heroes . . . (chronological, most recent to oldest).

Name; Date of Death; Memorial Location
Senior Police Officer Dick Hobson, Jr.; June 11, 1996; 19-E 20
Officer Constantine G. “Gus” Spanos; April 23, 1993; 47-W 19
Officer James A. “Bert” Slay; November 10, 1986; 53-W 10
Officer Chance F. Whiteman, III; March 26, 1982; 47-W 16
Officer Kelly L. Smythe; March 26, 1982; 37-W 1
Officer Fabrienne M. Van Arsdell; July 25, 1981; 63-W 16
Sergeant Donald L. Byerley; December 15, 1980; 41-W 5
Officer Carl V. “Pancho” Kime, Jr.; November 5, 1979; 37-W 18
Auxiliary Officer Glenn Truman Wortham; July 15, 1973; 63-W 19
Sergeant J. Thurman Spybuck; April 3, 1971; 52-W 8
Officer George Lee Brady; April 3, 1963; 28-W 10
Officer Hugh C. Greer; April 27, 1962; 38-W 8
Officer Thomas Ernest Milstead; November 30, 1961; 37-W 15
Officer Leroy E. Cowles; September 8, 1961; 51-E 5
Officer Alan F. Yerton; December 25, 1959; 51-E 6
Corporal Nelson F. Williams; June 1, 1958; 51-E 8
Officer Wallace Eugene Casey; May 12, 1957; 39-W 14
Detective Cornelius W. White; May 17, 1951; 45-W 8
Officer James S. Peters; April 14, 1949; 29-W 3
Officer Claud S. Lynch; November 28, 1948; 12-W 22
Officer Lawrence M. Inman; March 13, 1947; 29-W 1
Captain Ray F. Cowan; February 4, 1947; 5-E 10
Detective Ben H. Johnston; January 3, 1947; 46-W 12
Detective Sylvester R. Cormack; September 12, 1946; 46-W 11
Detective Gerald M. St. Clair; September 2, 1946; 46-W 9
Officer Walter C. Busch; October 10, 1944; 54-W 7
Officer Lawrence Leroy “Shorty” Rogers; March 16, 1941; 39-W 8
Officer Edward W. Von Holten; March 24, 1937; 54-W 5
Officer Walter N. Clark; December 10, 1936; 29-W 16
Detective Lawrence B. Mitchell; July 22, 1934; 45-W 9
Detective Henry C. Morrison; April 23, 1933; 33-W 14
Detective James A. Woolley; January 23, 1931; 5-E 14
Officer William Sydney Brooks; December 31, 1930; 28-W 1
Officer Robert Jackson; October 31, 1927; 53-W 15
Officer Robert Donnelly; February 26, 1922; 33-W 4
Officer Ed Yoakum; October 27, 1920; 63-W 2
Detective William Charles Meachum; June 8, 1920; 51-E 11
Officer Glenn Allison; February 7, 1918; 63-W 13
Sergeant John Harrod; November 9, 1917; 29-W 17

We will never forget!

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