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National Police Week, 2016!

May 15, 2016

In 1962, President John F. Kennedy signed a proclamation which designated May 15 as Peace Officers Memorial Day and the week in which that date falls as Police Week. This year’s official National Police Week dates are Sunday, May 15, 2016 through Saturday, May 21, 2016. However, several annual events will take place before May 15.   Here’s a link to the schedule of events.  The Candlelight Vigil was on Friday, May 13th (8:00 PM), and the Memorial Service is today, Sunday, May 15th (11:00 AM).

Here is the roll call of heroes for 2015 — the list of the names of the Officers whose names will be added to the Memorial this year.

If you are ever drawn to attend in person, here are some of the frequently asked questions regarding National Police Week and the National Peace Officers’ Memorial Service.

Candlelight Vigil!

May 6, 2016

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!

Tulsa Police Officers’ Memorial 2014!

May 2, 2014

IMG_0380This weekend we honor those Tulsa Police Officers who have given the ultimate sacrifice in the performance of their duties . . . and though they are gone, they will never be forgotten.  The Candlelight Vigil will be tonight (8 PM at the Memorial on the grounds of the Tulsa Police Academy) and the actual Memorial will be tomorrow (10 AM, at the Memorial on the grounds of the Tulsa Police Academy).

In two weeks (May 17, 2014) there will be the Copland Classic charity bike ride to benefit the memorial.

This year (2014) marks the the following anniversaries:

35 years ago . . .
Officer Carl V. “Poncho” Kime, Jr.
(November 5, 1979)

55 years ago . . .
Officer Alan F. Yerton
(December 25, 1959)

65 years ago . . .
Officer James S. Peters
(April 14, 1949)

70 years ago . . .
Officer Walter C. Busch
(October 10, 1944)

80 years ago . . .
Detective Lawrence B. Mitchell
(July 22, 1934)


“With My Life, If Need Be” . . .!

May 5, 2012

 . . . this represents the last line of the “Oath of Office” that each police officer swears to upon being commissioned as a police officer for the City of Tulsa.  Even though Peace Officers Memorial Day isn’t for another ten days (May 15th), Tulsa is holding their own Memorial Service today (our Candlelight Vigil was last night).  This year marks the 50th Anniversary of the Presidential Proclamation (signed in 1962 by President John F. Kennedy) designating May 15th as Peace Officers Memorial Day (and the week that this date falls within as Police Week).  This photo represents the Tulsa Police Honor Guard’s “Tools of the Trade.”   Last year’s new Honor Guard members commissioned the creation of this handsome shadow box (built by Officer Ronnie Benight) which is displayed proudly in the Tulsa Lodge #93 Fraternal Order of Police building.   What a fabulous tribute to our Honor Guard who honor the fallen so exceptionally well.

Our fallen will never be forgotten!

Here are some useful links:

Tulsa’s Local Memorial
State of Oklahoma Law Enforcement Memorial
National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial
Police Week Schedule of Events (Washington, DC)

National Police Week!

May 10, 2009
The Policeman's Prayer

The Policeman's Prayer

Today marks the official start of National Police Week.  A week that recognizes the service and sacrifice of U.S. law enforcement. Established by a joint resolution of Congress in 1962, National Police Week (the week that includes May 15th) pays special recognition to those law enforcement officers who have lost their lives in the line of duty for the safety and protection of others. 

The 21st Anual Candlelight Vigil will take place this coming Wednesday (May 13th), at 8:00 PM EDT, and will be streamed live over the internet.   Held at the National Law Enforcement Officers’ Memorial (Judiciary Square, 400 block of E Street NW, Washington, DC), this is an awe inspiring event that you can now experience without traveling all the way to DC.  But you must register in advance . . . here’s the link to the registration page:

Never alone.  Never forgotten.

Here’s a transcription of the prayer (it is a little hard to read).

When I start my tour of duty, God,
Wherever crime may be,
As I walk the darkened streets alone,
Let me be close to Thee.

Please give me understanding,
With both young and old,
Let me listen with attention,
Until their story’s told.

Let me never make a judgment,
In a rash or callous way,
But let me hold my patience,
Let each man have his say.

Lord, if some dark an dreary night,
I must give my life,
Lord with your everlasting love,
Protect my child and my wife.