LRPD memorializes officers killed in line of duty | Arkansas Blog

Monday, May 14, 2012

LRPD memorializes officers killed in line of duty

Posted By on Mon, May 14, 2012 at 5:08 PM

LRPD Det. Knowles at Copeland grave site
  • Kim Lane
  • Det. Knowles at Copeland grave site

A couple of weeks ago, the Little Rock Police Department started searching for the grave sites of all of the 23 LRPD officers who were killed in the line of duty. Homicide Detective Mark Knowles spoke at one of the grave sites on Monday, the first day of Police Memorial Week.

The gravesite, at Oakland-Fraternal Cemeteries, was that of Officer William Copeland, who was the first known LRPD officer to be killed in the line of duty. He was killed in 1885.

"Officer Copeland is a historic part of what our men and women go through every day when they put on that uniform. There could be a day when they don’t come home and we want to remember them during this time," said Knowles.

Knowles is part of a big push to identify all of the officers killed in the line of duty this year. So far 15 gravesites have been found. Upon finding a gravesite, the LRPD registers the site’s GPS, photographs it and repairs it. In honor of police memorial week, the LRPD also places a personalized plaque and two grave markers — an American flag, and a thin blue line flag. The LRPD will mark the graves every year in honor of Police Memorial Week. It also plans to continue the search for the remaining grave sites.

See a list of the 23 LRPD officers killed in the line of duty on the jump.

"When they are here in the cemetery, that is not the end for our people," said Knowles. "Everyone knows there's a potential that that can happen to them. This profession that we chose — there’s a certain amount of camaraderie that comes with it."

Officer Knowles has been working for the LRPD for 20 years and has been to several friends’ funerals. "There are good times and bad times," said Knowles, "no matter what, we are gonna take care of [the deceased officers] and their families."

There will be a memorial service to commemorate the 23 deceased officers on Friday, May 18 at 10 a.m. at the LRPD headquarters, located at 700 W. Markham Street.

See a list of all the LRPD officers killed in the line of duty on the jump.

OFF. WILLIAM L. COPELAND DECEMBER 30, 1885

OFF. W. T. PHILLIPS AUGUST 1, 1908

SGT. WILLIAM I. CAMPBELL APRIL 18, 1911

OFF. J. O. MILLER APRIL 23, 1911

DET. SGT. SAM MORGAN OCTOBER 30, 1915

OFF. JOE ERBER JUNE 6, 1920

OFF. THOMAS D. HUDSON AUGUST 19, 1920

DET. SGT. JOHN W. CABINESS AUGUST 12, 1922

DET. SGT. GEORGE MOORE JULY 24, 1923

DET. SGT. LUTHER C. HAY JULY 26, 1923

OFF. CHARLES FAULKNER JULY 13, 1924

OFF. HARVEY L. BIGGS JULY 27, 1924

OFF. FRANK SWILLING, SR. DECEMBER 11, 1926

OFF. ROBERT A. JOHNSON MARCH 23, 1930

SGT. SAMUEL NEAL McDERMONT SEPTEMBER 3, 1930

DET. LT. OSCAR F. “JACK” DEUBLER JANUARY 1, 1947

OFF. LlOYD W. WORTHY SEPTEMBER 2, 1967

OFF. ALVIN JOSEPH FREE SEPTEMBER 27, 1970

OFF. NOEL DON McGUIRE MAY 14, 1980

OFF. DAVID E. BARNETT FEBRUARY 13, 1991

OFF. HENRY CALLANEN MAY 15, 1993

OFF. JOSEPH T. FISHER FEBRUARY 7, 1995

OFFICER JACK COOPER FEBRUARY 2, 2002

Tags: , , ,

From the ArkTimes store

Favorite

Comments (13)

Showing 1-13 of 13

Add a comment

 
Subscribe to this thread:
Showing 1-13 of 13

Add a comment

More by Kim Lane

  • Review: Vampire Weekend at Arkansas Music Pavilion

    Vampire Weekend performed at the Arkansas Music Pavilion Wednesday night.
    • Sep 27, 2013
  • Review: The Avett Brothers, Oct. 16 at Arkansas Music Pavilion

    The Avett Brothers played at the AMP in Fayetteville Tuesday.
    • Oct 17, 2012
  • LR Urban Farming feeds and teaches

    A normal day at the Little Rock Urban Farming's G Street Farm might consist of breakfast being made at 6 a.m. from fresh eggs and garden produce, a flower bed being cleared to make a wedding bouquet, soil being plowed and covered in compost for a new crop, an outdoor walk-in refrigerator being built, vegetables being hung along the rafters of the shed to dry and fresh-picked peaches being peeled and canned while a large pot of fresh tomato sauce is being prepared for the team's dinner.
    • Sep 26, 2012
  • More »

Readers also liked…

  • Auditor Lea caught not telling the truth

    State Auditor Andrea Lea, who began her tenure in statewide office with a degree of competence unseen in some other Republican counterparts (think Treasurer Dennis Milligan particularly), is becoming more deeply mired in a political scandal.
    • Mar 4, 2016
  • Another Republican miracle-working governor

    Great piece in Washington Post on the budget crisis in Louisiana. Big tax cuts and corporate welfare will do that to a state, particularly to a state whose previous governor, Republican Bobby Jindal, refused to join the Obamacare-funded Medicaid expansion. There's a lesson there for Arkansas.
    • Mar 4, 2016
  • Charter school accountability: Non-existent in Arkansas

    A state audit finds charter school spending violated state law, but the state Education Department says it has no responsibility for ensuring proper management of charter schools. Say what?
    • Mar 5, 2016

Most Shared

  • Lynchings hidden in the history of the Hot Springs Confederate monument

    Hot Springs twice erupted into the kind of violence that has its roots in the issues left unresolved by the Civil War, and both times, it happened right where that monument to Confederate soldiers stands today.
  • Take yourself there: Mavis Staples coming to LR for Central High performance

    Gospel and R&B singer and civil rights activist Mavis Staples, who has been inspiring fans with gospel-inflected freedom songs like "I'll Take You There" and "March Up Freedom's Highway" and the poignant "Oh What a Feeling" will come to Little Rock for the commemoration of the 60th anniversary of the desegregation of Central High.
  • Klan's president

    Everything that Donald Trump does — make that everything that he says — is calculated to thrill his lustiest disciples. But he is discovering that what was brilliant for a politician is a miscalculation for a president, because it deepens the chasm between him and most Americans.
  • On Charlottesville

    Watching the Charlottesville spectacle from halfway across the country, I confess that my first instinct was to raillery. Vanilla ISIS, somebody called this mob of would-be Nazis. A parade of love-deprived nerds marching bravely out of their parents' basements carrying tiki torches from Home Depot.

Most Viewed

Most Recent Comments

Blogroll

 

© 2017 Arkansas Times | 201 East Markham, Suite 200, Little Rock, AR 72201
Powered by Foundation