OKLAHOMA CITY — Osage County Sheriff’s Capt. William R, Hargraves is one in every of 14 fallen regulation enforcement officers and one canine accomplice who died within the line of obligation in Oklahoma and are engraved on the Oklahoma Legislation Enforcement Memorial that will probably be devoted at 10 a.m. throughout the fifty fifth Annual Oklahoma Legislation Enforcement Memorial Service, scheduled for Might 19.
Oklahoma Legal professional Basic Gentner Drummond would be the visitor speaker.
The memorial is situated on the west grounds of the Oklahoma Division of Public Security Headquarters, 3600 M. L. King Ave., in Oklahoma Metropolis.
It’s the oldest memorial honoring fallen officers in america and was devoted Might 15, 1969. The general public is inspired to attend.
Hargraves died on the scene of a automobile accident that he was concerned in about 8 a.m. on Aug. 19, 2022, whereas he was in path to work. (see story)
The opposite fallen officers being honored are:
Isaac Particular person, Deputy Sheriff, Le Flore County Sheriff’s Workplace, died the night of Dec. 6, 1920, after being crushed with rifles whereas making an arrest earlier that afternoon.
James C. Collier, Deputy Sheriff, Muskogee County Sheriff’s Workplace died Feb. 4, 1931, from a gunshot wound he acquired the evening earlier than whereas arresting a burglar he caught in his blacksmith store.
Thomas B. McNulty, Non-public, U.S. Military Army Police died the afternoon of Dec. 18, 1943, from accidents he acquired earlier that morning in a jeep accident whereas patrolling the Fredrick Military Subject close to Fredrick.
Fred Thompson, Officer, Midwest Metropolis Police Division died on Sunday, Oct. 6, 1963, after struggling an on-duty coronary heart assault whereas strolling his beat in downtown Midwest Metropolis on Saturday, Oct. 5. Officer Thompson had additionally been concerned in breaking apart fights at a highschool soccer sport Friday evening.
Bart L. Arnold, Officer, Enid Police Division died Jan. 3, 2022, from issues after contracting the Covid virus on obligation.
Eric L. Haskins, Officer, Harrah Police Division died the night of Jan. 28, 2022, after struggling a coronary heart assault after going off obligation that day.
William D. Kelley, Grasp Patrolman, McAlester Police Division died Jan. 30, 2022, from issues from contracting the Covid virus on obligation.
Richard L. Stephens, Chief of Police, Union Metropolis Police Division died Feb. 4, 2022, from issues after he and his spouse contracted the Covid virus earlier than Christmas 2021. His spouse recovered.
Scott B. Owens, Lt., Union Metropolis Police Division died March 1, 2022, from issues of contracting the Covid virus in early January of that 12 months.
Christopher C. Nelson, Sgt., Edmond Police Division died quickly after arriving on the hospital on July 19. 2022, after he was struck at a excessive price of pace whereas setting on his police bike at a pink mild.
Robert B. Swartz, Sgt., Oklahoma County Sheriff’s Workplace died shortly after arriving on the hospital affected by gunshot wounds inflicted whereas making an attempt to serve an eviction warrant the afternoon of Aug. 22, 2022. Deputy Mark Johns was additionally wounded however survived.
Justin C. Baxter, Deputy Sheriff, Canadian County Sheriff’s Workplace died shortly after arriving on the hospital the early morning hours of Sept. 8, 2022. Deputy Baxter had transported a number of high-risk prisoners the day earlier than and had complained of chest pains that night.
Meagan R. Burke, Sgt., Oklahoma Metropolis Police Division died on the scene of a head-on automobile accident about 12:30 a.m. the morning of Sept. 29, 2022, after her north certain automotive was struck by a south certain automobile on I-44. Sgt. Burke had simply left the Santa Fe Briefing Station and was headed house when the accident occurred.
Canine Companion Wessel, Lawton Police Division, died Jan. 2, 2014, from issues after ingesting a big portion of his “reward ball” which ruptured when he bit down on it after he had hit on medicine throughout a site visitors cease on December 10, 2013.
For extra info on these officers or any of the opposite over eight hundred and fifty officers who’ve died within the line of obligation in Oklahoma go to the Oklahoma Legislation Enforcement Memorial web page at www.oklemem.com.