Monday, September 27, 2010

Killed in the Line of Duty on the First Day On the Job

Ask any law enforcement officer and they'll tell you that police work is a calling.

Although the men and women who accept this calling may have a few bumps and bruises at the end, the overwhelming majority of LEOs will be able to make it through their career to retirement. Unfortunately, however, 74 officers who started their careers were killed within hours of hitting the streets for the first time.

Officer Melvin Collins
The first, Deputy Sheriff Wesley Cherry, was shot and killed in 1853 while riding on a posse to arrest murder suspects in King County, Washington. He died the day after being shot.

The most recent incident occurred in 2003 when Officer Melvin Collins was shot and killed while working an off-duty security job at a local store in Brunswick, Georgia. Officer Collins had been sworn in three days earlier and hadn't even gone on his first shift when he was slain enforcing the law.

We salute the following 74 officers who gave the ultimate sacrifice on their first day on the job:

Deputy Sheriff Wesley CherryKing County Sheriff's Office, WA1853-03-06
Deputy Charles DalyLos Angeles County Sheriff's Department, CA1857-01-23
Deputized Civilian William BarbeeBurleson County Constable's Office - Precinct 3, TX1857-05-24
Special Patrolman Thomas SparksNew York Metropolitan Police Force, NY1857-07-09
Deputy Constable Richard RyanOphir City Constable's Office, NV1867-08-31
Deputized Civilian Walter WilliamsStorey County Sheriff's Department, NV1868-07-18
Deputy Sheriff James McMahanDallas County Sheriff's Department, TX1871-01-16
Deputized Civilian David HarvellNacogdoches County Constable's Office, TX1871-12-14
Deputy Sheriff John MorganBosque County Sheriff's Office, TX1874-12-02
Deputy Sheriff Parker MorganBosque County Sheriff's Office, TX1874-12-02
Deputy Sheriff James GodleyAnderson County Sheriff's Department, TX1874-12-13
Special Agent Robert WiddowfieldUnion Pacific Railroad Police Department, RR1878-08-19
Deputy Sheriff Marion RobertsonErath County Sheriff's Office, TX1879-03-29
Deputy Sheriff John RossErath County Sheriff's Office, TX1879-03-29
Deputy Constable William AshTerre Haute Police Department, IN1880-11-27
Special Deputy Sheriff Samuel MeredithCooke County Sheriff's Department, TX1881-05-30
Special Deputy Sheriff Charles MeredithCooke County Sheriff's Department, TX1881-05-30
Deputized Civilian William FletcherBrazos County Sheriff's Department, TX1883-01-15
Posseman James LathropHouston County Sheriff's Department, TX1884-01-09
Deputy Sheriff John GardenerDubois County Sheriff's Department, IN1885-06-01
Sheriff Benjamin IreyChester County Sheriff's Office, PA1887-01-03
Deputy Sheriff William CoxDubois County Sheriff's Department, IN1887-05-23
Deputized Civilian Jasper CoghlanWise County Sheriff's Department, TX1888-09-08
Posseman Peter AndersonOklahoma County Sheriff's Office, OK1890-12-26
Deputized Civilian John BowersTyler County Sheriff's Office, TX1891-03-18
Deputy Sheriff Joe BrighamHunt County Sheriff's Office, TX1892-12-18
Deputy Sheriff Jesse HendricksonGrant County Sheriff's Department, OK1893-11-11
Deputy Constable James FosterLauderdale County Sheriff's Office, AL1895-04-13
City Marshal John HowardOklahoma City Police Department, OK1896-03-10
Deputy Sheriff R. WilliamsGilpin County Sheriff's Department, CO1896-04-19
Special Deputy Sheriff Jack AllenGallatin County Sheriff's Department, MT1897-01-24
Deputized Civilian Oscar BreauxTexas Rangers, TX1898-08-29
Deputy Constable John LenhartSomerset County Sheriff's Office, PA1898-09-18
Special Constable Malachi BeasleyPrincess Anne County Sheriff's Office, VA1898-09-24
Deputy Sheriff William KremerVolusia County Sheriff's Department, FL1898-12-10
Deputy Constable Marvin DurhamLauderdale County Constable's Office, TN1900-01-09
Patrolman George PickettPine Bluff Police Department, AR1901-04-28
Deputy Sheriff George LeftwichJack County Sheriff's Department, TX1901-08-10
Posseman Charles HillValley County Sheriff's Department, MT1903-06-15
Deputized Civilian Norton MoodyNacogdoches County Sheriff's Department, TX1906-03-31
Deputy Marshal Forest PerryKennewick Police Department, WA1906-11-01
Deputized Civilian James BurkBig Spring Police Department, TX1907-04-25
Deputized Civilian Dock McDavidBastrop County Constable's Office - Precinct 8, TX1908-08-08
Deputized Civilian John BrooksKnox County Sheriff's Office, KY1908-12-22
Special Deputy Sheriff Hillen MunsonBrazoria County Sheriff's Department, TX1909-09-15
Constable Jay CloseDundee Police Department, NY1910-12-24
Policeman Edward HogleNevada State Police, NV1911-02-26
Deputy Sheriff Abe SchneiderSt. Johns County Sheriff's Office, FL1911-03-05
Deputy Constable William BlakeShasta County Sheriff's Department, CA1911-11-25
Deputy Sheriff Arthur TaylorHarris County Sheriff's Department, TX1914-05-24
Marshal William SmithSan Fernando Police Department, CA1914-12-22
Posseman John GarritsonDelaware Marshal's Office, OK1917-01-06
Deputy Sheriff Orson McRaeCochise County Sheriff's Department, AZ1917-07-12
Officer Eugene LucasConshohocken Police Department, PA1917-08-13
Police Officer Richard DiamondDetroit Police Department, MI1917-08-18
Officer Sterling WarrenFort Worth Police Department, TX1919-05-07
Special Deputy William EngelVanderburgh County Sheriff's Department, IN1919-08-13
Special Officer Webster GentryFort Worth Police Department, TX1922-04-25
Deputy Sheriff Floyd RoseMillard County Sheriff's Office, UT1922-10-02
Rural Police Officer John FespermanMecklenburg County Police Department, NC1924-02-16
Marshal Henry HammMulberry Police Department, AR1924-09-01
Deputy Sheriff Daniel HutchisonCraig County Sheriff's Office, VA1926-07-19
Special Deputy Sheriff Leonard CummingsLemhi County Sheriff's Department, ID1928-01-02
Special Deputy Sheriff Billy WithingtonLemhi County Sheriff's Department, ID1928-01-02
Special Constable James BroomeDallas County Constable's Office - Precinct 7, TX1929-12-15
Motorcycle Officer C. BazzellPensacola Police Department, FL1932-03-16
Special Deputy Sheriff Andrew McGinnisMuskogee County Sheriff's Office, OK1932-09-18
Officer James ThorntonSt. Petersburg Police Department, FL1937-10-16
Deputy Sheriff Eduardo DominguezConejos County Sheriff's Department, CO1940-04-11
Police Officer Henry ScarboroughMyrtle Beach Police Department, SC1949-03-07
Patrolman Daniel FurtadoMassachusetts State Police, MA1950-10-08
Patrolman Steven PoetkerWaldo Police Department, AR1976-04-16
Patrolman Julius CourvilleHenderson Police Department, LA1978-08-26
Officer Melvin CollinsBrunswick Police Department, GA2003-04-11