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Calhoun County Law Enforcement Memorial Day Tribute with Full List

Police memorial day

Calhoun County, AL – Today at 11:00 am there will be a ceremony held at Centennial Memorial Park in Anniston to honor the officers that have given their lives to the community. This past week was National Police Week which was first officially recognized in 1962 by President John F. Kennedy. National Police Week was established by a joint resolution of Congress in 1962 that pays special recognition to those law enforcement officers who have lost their lives in the line of duty for the safety and protection of others.

The Officer Down Memorial Page (ODMP) is a private, not for profit, group that works to list all law enforcement officers and correctional officers that have died while protecting the community they work for. The page is dedicated to covering the entire country and the list is, unfortunately, very long. ODMP also works hard to assist families of fallen officers when they are able to; according to their site, ” In 2010 the ODMP was awarded a grant from the U.S. Department of Justice, Bureau of Justice Assistance, to provide nationwide line of duty death notifications and resources on benefits available to survivors of fallen law enforcement officers.”

Calhoun County has not been spared from violent attacks against police officers and many of them have been taken away from the community too soon. Each name on the list below is a reflection of a person that wanted to take their life and dedicate it to enforcing the law so that their communities could feel safe when they went out and enjoyed the area. For their choice in careers, they would meet some of the most dangerous elements in the community and engage them in order to keep them from committing crimes against others. In these events the danger they faced caused them the give the ultimate sacrifice for the citizens of Calhoun County and their respective cities.

The list below is presented by agency in alphabetical order:

Anniston Police Department

Police Officer Justin David Sollohub

Anniston Police Department, AL

EOW: Thursday, August 25, 2011

Cause of Death: Gunfire

 

Police Officer Ralph M. Griffin

Anniston Police Department, AL

EOW: Tuesday, June 22, 1954

Cause of Death: Stabbed

 

Police Officer Hoyt Holder

Anniston Police Department, AL

EOW: Sunday, May 22, 1938

Cause of Death: Gunfire

 

Police Officer Grady Todd

Anniston Police Department, AL

EOW: Sunday, August 2, 1936

Cause of Death: Motorcycle crash

 

Police Officer Robert Allen Draper

Anniston Police Department, AL

EOW: Thursday, January 27, 1927

Cause of Death: Gunfire (Inadvertent)

 

Police Officer Brice Hurst

Anniston Police Department, AL

EOW: Wednesday, April 26, 1922

Cause of Death: Gunfire

 

Police Officer Joe Holliday

Anniston Police Department, AL

EOW: Wednesday, April 26, 1922

Cause of Death: Gunfire

 

Police Officer Marion Screws

Anniston Police Department, AL

EOW: Tuesday, February 2, 1915

Cause of Death: Gunfire

 

Police Officer Clarence B. Kettles

Anniston Police Department, AL

EOW: Monday, February 1, 1915

Cause of Death: Gunfire

 

Police Officer Jack Holland

Anniston Police Department, AL

EOW: Tuesday, December 22, 1914

Cause of Death: Gunfire

 

Police Officer Will Dillard

Anniston Police Department, AL

EOW: Saturday, September 12, 1914

Cause of Death: Gunfire

 

Police Officer J. W. Dashwood

Anniston Police Department, AL

EOW: Saturday, September 12, 1914

Cause of Death: Gunfire

 

Chief of Police Harry Shiretzki

Anniston Police Department, AL

EOW: Saturday, May 23, 1914

Cause of Death: Gunfire

 

Police Officer S. C. “Pad” Zaner

Anniston Police Department, AL

EOW: Friday, August 4, 1911

Cause of Death: Gunfire

 

Police Officer John L. Cunningham

Anniston Police Department, AL

EOW: Sunday, June 25, 1911

Cause of Death: Gunfire


Calhoun County Sheriff’s Office

Deputy Jailer Timothy Williams

Calhoun County Sheriff’s Office, AL

EOW: Monday, December 17, 2001

Cause of Death: Automobile crash

 

Special Deputy Sheriff Benjamin Lawrence “Lon” O’Bryant

Calhoun County Sheriff’s Office, AL

EOW: Sunday, October 6, 1918

Cause of Death: Gunfire


Jacksonville Police Department

Patrolman Willie Lester Smith

Jacksonville Police Department, AL

EOW: Saturday, March 25, 1972

Cause of Death: Automobile crash

 

Sergeant Joseph Lee Maddox

Jacksonville Police Department, AL

EOW: Sunday, July 4, 1971

Cause of Death: Heart attack

 

Sergeant Clarence Echols Martin

Jacksonville Police Department, AL

EOW: Sunday, April 13, 1969

Cause of Death: Automobile crash

 

Chief of Police Dudley Emerson Whiteside

Jacksonville Police Department, AL

EOW: Tuesday, June 21, 1955

Cause of Death: Gunfire

 

Chief of Police John T. Rowland

Jacksonville Police Department, AL

EOW: Monday, August 27, 1928

Cause of Death: Poisoned

 

Town Marshal Seaborn J. Crook

Jacksonville Police Department, AL

EOW: Tuesday, August 16, 1881

Cause of Death: Gunfire


Piedmont Police Department

Officer F. Augusta “Gus” Kimberly

Piedmont Police Department, AL

EOW: Monday, August 27, 1934

Cause of Death: Gunfire

 

Chief of Police Charles R. Smith

Piedmont Police Department, AL

EOW: Sunday, October 29, 1933

Cause of Death: Gunfire

Oxford

Lieutenant Dexter Holcomb

Oxford Police Department, AL

EOW: Friday, February 16, 2007

Cause of Death: Struck by vehicle

 

Captain William Henry Beard

Oxford Police Department, AL

EOW: Friday, August 19, 1977

Cause of Death: Gunfire

 

Chief of Police R. E. Sparks

Oxford Police Department, AL

EOW: Friday, May 7, 1948

Cause of Death: Gunfire


If you would like to visit the police memorial wall, it is open to the public all year at the Centennial Memorial Park located at 225 E 17th St, in Anniston, AL. (Next to the Anniston Fire Department).

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