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 James Douglas Stewart

Dallas Police Department, Texas
End of Watch: Sunday, November 12, 1967

Bio

  • Age: 28
  • Tour: 7 years
  • Badge: 1705

Incident Details

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

About

Officer James Stewart was killed in a motorcycle accident while chasing a speeder.

The other vehicle entered an intersection and Officer Stewart followed. As he passed through the intersection he was struck by another vehicle.

Officer Steward had been with the agency for seven years. He was survived by his wife, son, and two daughters.

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Officer Francis Weldon Bennett

Dallas Police Department, Texas
End of Watch: Saturday, September 5, 1964

Bio

  • Age: 28
  • Tour: 3 years
  • Badge: 1753
  • Military Veteran

Incident Details

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

About

Officer Francis Bennett was killed in an automobile accident while attempting to catch a speeder.

Another vehicle moved into his path and he swerved to avoid hitting hit, causing his car to strike a guardrail. He was ejected from the cruiser and crushed by it.

Officer Bennett was a U.S. Marine Corps veteran and had served the Dallas Police Department for three years. He was survived by his wife.

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Officer J. D. Tippit

Dallas Police Department, Texas
End of Watch: Friday, November 22, 1963

Bio

  • Age: 39
  • Tour: 11 years, 4 months
  • Badge: 848
  • Military Veteran

Incident Details

  • Cause: Gunfire
  • Weapon: Handgun; .38 caliber
  • Offender: Shot and killed

About

Officer J.D. Tippit was shot and killed while questioning the assassin of President John F. Kennedy at Tenth and Patton Streets.

At approximately 1:14 pm, 45 minutes after President Kennedy was shot, Officer Tippit stopped the suspect, Lee Harvey Oswald, who was on foot and fit the general description of the assassin that was being broadcast by the Dallas police radio.

After being summoned by Officer Tippit, Oswald came over to the passenger side of the patrol car where they spoke through an open window. After a brief conversation, Officer Tippit got out of his car and as he was walking toward the front of his patrol car, Oswald suddenly shot him three times at point blank range with a .38 caliber revolver. After Officer Tippit fell, he was shot in the head by Oswald, which proved to be the fatal shot.

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Officer Ray Allan Underwood

Dallas Police Department, Texas
End of Watch: Tuesday, August 27, 1963

Bio

  • Age: 26
  • Tour: 4 years
  • Badge: 1563

Incident Details

  • Cause: Automobile crash

About

Officer Ray Underwood was killed when his patrol car was struck by a firetruck at the intersection of Zang and Davis Avenues. He and his partner were responding to a fire alarm while patrolling a high-burglary area when the accident occurred. Two firefighters were killed and his partner was critically injured. It was later determined that the fire alarm was a prank.

Officer Underwood had served with the agency for four years. He was survived by his wife, son, and daughter.

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Officer Leonard Clint Mullenax

Dallas Police Department, Texas
End of Watch: Saturday, February 10, 1962

Bio

  • Age: 29
  • Tour: 8 years
  • Badge: 926
  • Military Veteran

Incident Details

  • Cause: Gunfire
  • Weapon: Handgun; .25 caliber
  • Offender: Not indicted

About

Officer Leonard Mullenax was shot and killed while on an undercover operation to buy illegal alcohol. During the purchase a struggle ensued and Officer Mullenax was shot three times by the suspect. The man was not indicted for the murder because there were not enough witnesses.

Officer Mullenax was a U.S. Marine Corps veteran of the Korean War and had served with the Dallas Police Department for eight years. He was survived by his wife and daughter.

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Officer Willis Wood "Johnny" Sides

Dallas Police Department, Texas
End of Watch: Wednesday, February 7, 1951

Bio

  • Age: 22
  • Tour: 3 months
  • Badge: 337

Incident Details

  • Cause: Gunfire
  • Incident Date: Monday, January 22, 1951
  • Weapon: Gun; Unknown type
  • Offender: Two executed

About

Officer Johnny Sides was shot and killed after he and his partner stopped a vehicle for running a red light. As they approached the vehicle the four men opened fire on them, killing Officer Sides and wounding his partner. The suspects were arrested two days later in Arkansas. They were wanted for the 1950 shooting of Mississippi Department of Public Safety Officer E.J. Grisham. Two of the suspects were executed and two were sentenced to life.

Officer Sides had been with the agency for three months and was survived by his parents, brother, and two sisters.

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Officer William Edward Stafford

Dallas Police Department, Texas
End of Watch: Sunday, September 5, 1948

Bio

  • Age: 25
  • Tour: 3 years
  • Badge: 564

Incident Details

  • Cause: Struck by vehicle

About

Officer William Stafford was killed after being struck by a vehicle during a traffic stop. 

As he was talking with the violator another vehicle swerved off of the roadway, striking both men. The driver of the car was charged with murder witout malice but was not convicted.

Officer Stafford had been employed with the Dallas Police Department for three years. He was survived by his wife and two children.

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Officer Preston Daniel Hale

Dallas Police Department, Texas
End of Watch: Wednesday, February 12, 1947

Bio

  • Age: 39
  • Tour: 13 years, 8 months
  • Badge: 231
  • Military Veteran

Incident Details

  • Cause: Aircraft accident

About

Officer Preston Hale was killed in an aircraft accident while returning from a search for an abduction suspect. As he approached the airport the plane he was piloting crashed.

Officer Hale was a United States Army Air Force veteran of WWII and had served with the Dallas Police Department for over 13 years. He was survived by his wife, three sons, one daughter, parents, five sisters, and one brother.

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Officer Ernest Elmer Bates

Dallas Police Department, Texas
End of Watch: Saturday, December 5, 1942

Bio

  • Age: 35
  • Tour: 6 years
  • Badge: 249

Incident Details

  • Cause: Struck by vehicle
  • Incident Date: Friday, August 7, 1942

About

Officer Ernest Bates succumbed to injures received four months earlier when he was struck by a city bus. He was directing traffic at the intersection of Elm Street and Akard Street and was attempting to get out of the way of a car when he jumped in front of the bus.

Officer Bates suffered severe back injuries but was able to return to light duty after three weeks. Two months later, although still in great pain, he returned to full duty directing traffic in the same intersection. On the evening of December 5, 1942, he collapsed while directing traffic and was rushed to a local hospital. He died while in surgery as doctors attempted to correct injuries from the original accident.

Officer Bates had served with the agency for six years. He was survived by his wife and daughter.

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Officer Victor Leon Morris

Dallas Police Department, Texas
End of Watch: Monday, September 15, 1941

Bio

  • Age: 27
  • Tour: 1 year
  • Badge: 212

Incident Details

  • Cause: Gunfire
  • Weapon: Officer's handgun
  • Offender: Sentenced to life

About

Officer Victor Morris was shot and killed with his own weapon while attempting to arrest a fare evader on a streetcar while off duty.

Officer Morris confronted the man, who then pulled out a knife. A struggle ensued and the suspect gained control of Officer Morris' handgun and shot him in the back. The suspect was apprehended and sentenced to life.

Officer Morris had served with the agency for one year. He was survived by his wife, parents, and three sisters.


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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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