Some Gave It All

Dedicated with gratitude to the men and women of the Dallas Police Department who have sacrificed their lives in the line of duty. With this memorial, we preserve and honor their memory, and the sacrifices of the families who have given our city these heroes. We also honor all other officers of the Department on duty, yesterday, today and tomorrow for their service in protecting the citizens of Dallas. Special thanks to The Officer Down Memorial Page, Inc. for the links from this page.

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Officer Dexter Clayton Phillips

Dallas Police Department, Texas
End of Watch: Saturday, August 11, 1923

Bio

  • Age: 27
  • Tour: 3 years
  • Badge: Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause: Motorcycle crash

About

Officer Dexter Phillips was killed when his motorcycle struck a pothole in a street, causing the motorcycle to fall on him.

He was taken to a local hospital where succumbed to his injuries.

Officer Phillips had served with the Dallas Police Department for three years. He was survived by his wife and three sons.

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Officer John Richard Crain

Dallas Police Department, Texas
End of Watch: Thursday, May 24, 1923

Bio

  • Age: 56
  • Tour: Not available
  • Badge: Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause: Gunfire
  • Weapon: Handgun; .38 caliber
  • Offender: Both executed in 1924

About

Officer John Crain was shot and killed at approximately 3:30 am while investigating suspicious activity.

While on patrol he noticed lights on in a pharmacy on Junius Road. As Officer Crain peered into the window a burglar inside shot him in the head with a .38 caliber handgun. Both subjects inside the store were also responsible for the murder of Officer Johnnie Gibson, using the same handgun, one month earlier in almost identical circumstances.

The subjects were both convicted of the murders and executed on March 28, 1924.

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Officer Johnnie C. Gibson

Dallas Police Department, Texas
End of Watch: Thursday, April 19, 1923

Bio

  • Age: 22
  • Tour: 8 months
  • Badge: Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause: Gunfire
  • Weapon: Handgun; .38 caliber
  • Offender: Both executed in 1924

About

Officer Johnnie Gibson was shot and killed while investigating a burglary at a drug store in the early morning hours. Officer Gibson and his partner observed a suspect standing in the store at 3:45 am. They approached the store with their guns drawn when the suspect opened fire, striking Officer Gibson in the neck.

Both suspects were arrested one month later after they shot and killed Officer John Crain in almost identical circumstances, using the same .38 caliber handgun used to murder Officer Gibson. The subjects were both convicted and executed on March 28, 1924.

Officer Gibson had served with the Dallas Police department for eight months. He was survived by his parents, five sisters, and one brother.

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Officer Leroy Wood

Dallas Police Department, Texas
End of Watch: Tuesday, February 7, 1922

Bio

  • Age: 25
  • Tour: 1 year
  • Badge: Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause: Gunfire (Accidental)
  • Incident Date: Sunday, February 5, 1922

About

Officer Leroy Wood was accidentally shot and killed by his partner during a struggle with a suspect.

The officers observed the man attempting to burglarize a business by using a butcher knife to pry open a window. A struggle ensued between Officer Wood and the suspect. His partner attempted to shoot the knife out of the man's hand but the bullet ricocheted off of it and struck Officer Wood.

Officer Wood had served with the Dallas Police Department for one year. He was survived by his wife and three children.

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Officer W. Roy Thornton

Dallas Police Department, Texas
End of Watch: Wednesday, January 12, 1916

Bio

  • Age: 27
  • Tour: 2 years
  • Badge: 115

Incident Details

  • Cause: Gunfire
  • Weapon: Shotgun; 10 gauge
  • Offender: Escaped

About

Officer W. Roy Thornton was shot and killed while arresting a man for a misdemeanor near the intersection of Pryor Street and Lloyd Street. Another officer arrived and asked if he needed help. At the same moment a friend of the arrestee arrived and opened fire with a 10 gauge shotgun, striking both officers. Officer Thornton was killed and the other officer was wounded. The man escaped and was never captured.

Officer Thornton had served with the Dallas Police Department for two years and was survived by his wife. He is buried in Provence Cemetery east of Ardmore, Oklahoma.

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Officer Theodore Alonzo Tedford

Dallas Police Department, Texas
End of Watch: Sunday, July 28, 1912

Bio

  • Age: 41
  • Tour: 7 years, 4 months
  • Badge: 98

Incident Details

  • Cause: Gunfire
  • Incident Date: Friday, July 26, 1912
  • Weapon: Gun; Unknown type
  • Offender: Shot and killed

About

Officer Theodore Tedford succumbed to a gunshot wounds after being sent to a fight call while on mounted patrol. When he arrived on the scene the suspect opened fire, striking him in the side. After falling off of his horse the suspect shot him again before fleeing. Office Tedford was taken to the hospital where he succumbed to his gunshot wounds two days later.

Four days later the suspect shot and killed Red River County Sheriff Charles Stephens who was on a posse trying to arrest the killer. The man was chased for several miles before being killed by the posse.

Officer Tedford had served with the agency for seven years. He was survived by his wife and three sons.

Officer Tedford's brother, Alex, was killed in the line of duty 15 years later while serving with the Dallas Police Department.

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Officer Leslie N. Patrick

Dallas Police Department, Texas
End of Watch: Thursday, June 13, 1901

Bio

  • Age: 29
  • Tour: 1 year
  • Badge: 7

Incident Details

  • Cause: Gunfire
  • Incident Date: Tuesday, June 11, 1901
  • Weapon: Gun; Unknown type
  • Offender: Sentenced to five years

About

Officer Leslie Patrick succumbed to a gunshot wound while arresting a man for stealing a horse on Dover Street.

A struggle ensued and the man pulled out a handgun. The subject struck Officer Patrick on the head with the gun and it discharged, Striking him in the head. Officer Patrick was transported to his home and then to the hospital when he became unconscious. He succumbed to his wound two days later at the hospital.

The suspect was initially sentenced to 40 years but in a second trial had his sentence reduced to five years for shooting Officer Patrick and two years for stealing the horse.

Officer Patrick had served with the Dallas Police Department for one year and was survived by his brother and sister. He was buried in Edgewood Cemetery, Lancaster, Texas.

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Officer William McDuff

Dallas Police Department, Texas
End of Watch: Friday, December 25, 1896

Bio

  • Age: 63
  • Tour: 2 months
  • Badge: Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause: Gunfire
  • Weapon: Shotgun
  • Offender: Sentenced to jail

About

Officer William McDuff was shot and killed after two youths he had arrested earlier in the week came to his home. The two were outside yelling at him. When he came outside to tell them to stop yelling they shot him with a shotgun, killing him. The suspects were sentenced to 10 and 15 years.

Officer McDuff was the first black officer with the Dallas Police Department to be killed in the line of duty. He had been with the agency for two months.

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Officer William H. Riddell

Dallas Police Department, Texas
End of Watch: Friday, June 17, 1892

Bio

  • Age: 55
  • Tour: 3 years
  • Badge: Not available
  • Military Veteran

Incident Details

  • Cause: Gunfire
  • Weapon: Gun; Unknown type
  • Offender: Pardoned

About

Officer William Riddell was shot and killed while he and his partner attempted to serve a warrant on a man for carrying a weapon.

The subject had been overheard saying that he would kill any officer who attempted to arrest him. As the officers entered his store he immediately opened fire, killing Officer Riddell. His partner was able to return fire but did not strike the suspect.

The assistant police chief arrived at the scene minutes later and was able to arrest the man. He was convicted of murder and sentenced to hang, but that sentence was later commuted to life in prison. After serving 15 years he was pardoned.

Officer Riddell had served with the Dallas Police Department for three years. He was survived by his wife and seven children. His son, Thomas Anderson Riddell, became an officer for the Dallas Police Department in 1899 and served until his retirement in 1932 as a Sergeant. One of William Riddell's grandchildren, Harry Taylor Riddell, continued the family tradition and became an officer for the Dallas Police Department in 1923. He served until his retirement in 1955 as a Captain.

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Officer Cassee Odorous Brewer

Dallas Police Department, Texas
End of Watch: Tuesday, May 24, 1892

Bio

  • Age: 42
  • Tour: 3 years
  • Badge: Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause: Gunfire
  • Weapon: Handgun
  • Offender: Executed

About

Officer Cassee Brewer was shot and killed while attempting to arrest a man for slander at the Union Depot station.

While talking to the man the suspect pulled out a large caliber handgun and began firing, striking Officer Brewer. The suspect was later apprehended and hung for the murder.

Officer Brewer had served with the Dallas Police Department for three years. He was survived by his wife and children and is buried at Trinity Cemetery.

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Special thanks to The Officer Down Memorial Page, Inc. for the links from this page.

Earl J. Givens, III Rogelio Santander, Jr. Michael L. Krol Michael J. Smith Patricio E. Zamarripa
Kevin P. Marceau Norman S. Smith Victor A. Lozada Sr. Mark Timothy Nix Brian H. Jackson
Patrick Lee Metzler Christopher K. James Donald F. Flusche Jr. Harold F. Baird Henry A. Brown
Thomas D. Bond David R. Galvan Richard A. Lawrence John Paul Jones Billy W. Daugherty
Harold Lee Hammons Lawrence D. Bromley Sunny Ma Lov Michael R. Okelberry Thomas G. Burchfield
Mark L. Fleming Lisa Sandel Lawrence R. Cadena Sr. Walter L. Williams Gary D. McCarthy
John G. Chase James A. Joe Gary R. Blair Thomas L. Harris James C. Taylor
Robert L. Cormier Ronald D. Baker Carl J. Norris John R. Pasco Charles J. Maltese Jr.
John T. McCarthy Robert W. Wood Alvin E. Moore Alvin D. Hallum Leslie G. Lane Jr.
Donald P. Tucker Sr. Milton E. Whatley Levy McQuietor Reserve Joe C. Jones Howard K. Hicks
Carl J. Cooke Allen P. Camp Johnnie T. Hartwell Robert H. Shipp Floyd A. Knight
James D. Stewart Frank W. Bennett J. D. Tippit R. A. Underwood Leonard C. Mullenax
Johnny W. Sides William E.Stafford Preston D. Hale Ernest E. Bates Victor L. Morris
Ralph W. Hoyt John R. Roberts John W. Dieken Ernest E. Leonard Luke J. Bell
Jesse E. Griffin Sam G. Lanford Alex W. Tedford Clarence M. Isbell Dexter C. Phillips
Charles S. Swinney John Richard Crain Johnnie C. Gibson Leroy Wood Roy Thornton
T. A. Tedford Leslie N. Patrick William McDuff William H. Riddell C. O. Brewer

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