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 Ralph Wendell Hoyt

Dallas Police Department, Texas
End of Watch: Saturday, February 20, 1937

Bio

  • Age: 24
  • Tour: 9 months
  • Badge: 31

Incident Details

  • Cause: Motorcycle crash
  • Incident Date: Friday, February 19, 1937

About

Officer Ralph Hoyt succumbed to injuries received the previous day when his motorcycle struck a roadway depression and he was thrown off.

He had been with the agency for nine months and was survived by his parents, sister, and two brothers.

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Detective John Rush Roberts

Dallas Police Department, Texas
End of Watch: Monday, December 23, 1935

Bio

  • Age: 58
  • Tour: 29 years
  • Badge: Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause: Gunfire
  • Weapon: Handgun; .38 caliber
  • Offender: Executed in 1937

About

Detective John Roberts was shot and killed after interrupting a gas station robbery. As he went for his service weapon he was shot and killed by the robber. The suspect stole $8.00 and fled but was eventually apprehended.

The 27-year-old suspect was an escapee from the North Carolina Penitentiary where he was serving a life sentence for murder. He was convicted of Detective Roberts' murder and executed in the electric chair on June 4, 1937.

Detective Roberts had served with the agency for 29 years. He was survived by his wife, son, three daughters, and two sisters.

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Officer John William Dieken

Dallas Police Department, Texas
End of Watch: Saturday, August 10, 1935

Bio

  • Age: 33
  • Tour: 1 year, 1 month
  • Badge: 207

Incident Details

  • Cause: Motorcycle crash
  • Incident Date: Friday, August 9, 1935

About

Officer John Dieken was killed in a motorcycle accident while responding to a fire call. During his response another motorist turned in front of him causing a collision. He succumbed to his injuries the next day.

Investigation revealed that the motorcycle Officer Dieken was riding had previously been involved in two other accidents in which the rider was either injured or killed.

Officer Dieken had served with the agency for just over one year. He was survived by his wife, son (born three days before his death), parents, and sister. His son later worked with the Abilene Police Department in Texas.

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Officer Ernest Edmund Leonard, Jr.

Dallas Police Department, Texas
End of Watch: Tuesday, May 28, 1935

Bio

  • Age: 23
  • Tour: 2 years, 3 months
  • Badge: 51

Incident Details

  • Cause: Vehicle pursuit
  • Weapon: Not available
  • Offender: Not available

About

Officer Ernest Leonard was killed in a motorcycle accident while attempting to catch a speeder.

Officer Leonard had served with the Dallas Police Department for two years. He was survived by his parents, four brothers, and sister.

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Officer Luke J. Bell

Dallas Police Department, Texas
End of Watch: Friday, May 18, 1934

Bio

  • Age: 35
  • Tour: 5 years
  • Badge: 153
  • Military Veteran

Incident Details

  • Cause: Gunfire
  • Weapon: Officer's handgun
  • Offender: Executed

About

Officer Luke Bell was shot and killed with his own handgun after recapturing a prisoner who escaped his custody.

The officer was transporting three prisoners to jail when one fled. He caught up to the escapee who put his hands up as to surrender. However, the man grabbed Officer Bell's handgun and shot him in the side. The suspect was shot and wounded after a long police chase and subsequently executed.

Officer Bell had been employed with the Dallas Police Department for five years and had previously served with the United States Army. He was survived by his wife, two brothers, and two sisters. He is buried at Forest Lawn Cemetery in Dallas, Texas.

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Officer Jesse Emmett Griffin

Dallas Police Department, Texas
End of Watch: Thursday, December 28, 1933

Bio

  • Age: 35
  • Tour: 4 years
  • Badge: 291

Incident Details

  • Cause: Motorcycle crash
  • Incident Date: Wednesday, December 27, 1933

About

Officer Jesse Griffin was killed in a motorcycle accident while responding to a stabbing call.

During his response another driver turned in front of him causing a collision. He succumbed to his injuries the next day.

Officer Griffin had served with the Dallas Police Department for four years. He was survived by his wife and daughter.

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Officer Sam Griffin Lanford

Dallas Police Department, Texas
End of Watch: Thursday, June 29, 1933

Bio

  • Age: 48
  • Tour: 6 years
  • Badge: 170

Incident Details

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

About

Officer Griffin Lanford was shot and killed after he and his partner interrupted a burglary. Officer Lanford was fatally shot by the burglar. His partner was able to wound the suspect who was later arrested and executed.

Officer Lanford had been with the agency for six years. He was survived by his wife, daughter, three bothers, and two sisters.

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Officer Alexander W. Tedford

Dallas Police Department, Texas
End of Watch: Monday, December 26, 1927

Bio

  • Age: 51
  • Tour: 14 years, 9 months
  • Badge: 26

Incident Details

  • Cause: Duty related illness
  • Incident Date: Tuesday, April 24, 2018

About

Officer Alex Tedford died after contracting an infection while conducting a prohibition raid. During the raid Officer Tedford fell and tore ligaments in one of his legs. A blood clot and infection formed, causing his death.

He was survived by his wife, daughter, and two sons.

Officer Tedford's brother, T. A. Tedford, was shot and killed in the line of duty 15 years earlier while serving as a member of the Dallas Police Department.

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Officer Clarence Marshall Isbell

Dallas Police Department, Texas
End of Watch: Thursday, February 4, 1926

Bio

  • Age: 25
  • Tour: 5 months
  • Badge: 15

Incident Details

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

About

Officer Clarence Isbell was shot and killed while attempting to stop a speeding vehicle on Forest Avenue.

As he pulled next to the vehicle to tell the driver to pull over, a shot was fired from inside the vehicle, striking Officer Isbell in the head.

Two of the subjects fled the scene and were pursued across Texas into Arkansas over the course of several days. On the night of February 9, 1926, they fatally shot Special Agent H. H. Delmas, of the Kansas City Southern Railroad Police Department. They were both apprehended after the murder and returned to Dallas.

The two subjects, who were brothers, were executed on the same day for Officer Isbell's murder.

Officer Isbell had served with the Dallas Police Department for five months. He was survived by his wife, parents, brother, and two sisters.

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Officer Charles S. Swinney

Dallas Police Department, Texas
End of Watch: Sunday, June 21, 1925

Bio

  • Age: 52
  • Tour: Not available
  • Badge: Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause: Gunfire
  • Weapon: Gun; Unknown type
  • Offender: Sentenced to 5 years

About

Officer Charles Swinney was shot and killed on Knox Street while patrolling the area's business district.

A struggle ensued when he confronted two suspicious men and one of the men shot him. Despite being mortally wounded, Officer Swinney was able to identify the suspects before dying. Both suspects were arrested. One was convicted of manslaughter and sentenced to five years.

Officer Swinney was survived by his wife.

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

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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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