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       The following list displays the names of the 42 Delaware police officers that gave their all to their State and Country in the line of duty!  If you should have any further information about these honored officers please send me an email at russpickde@comcast.net.

Last update: April 27, 2017

" Delaware Law Enforcement Memorial "
Dover, Delaware


( Listed by Date of Passing )

 

     


September 9, 1863

Age ??  ~  ?? Year Veteran

     Officer John F. Baylis was shot and killed by a fleeing suspect that he had gone to arrest.

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June 27, 1885

Age 41  ~  ?? Year Veteran

     Officer Andrew T. Peterson was at home with his family and responded to a domestic disturbance between a man and his wife in the street near his home.  During the ensuing confrontation, Officer Peterson was shot and killed.

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January 30, 1891

Age 37  ~  2 Year Veteran

     Officer Charles W. Schultz was on patrol on the city streets when he was shot and murdered by two unknown assailants near 21st and Tatnall streets.  His case has never been solved.

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March 6, 1915

Age 32  ~  3 Month Veteran

     Patrolman Francis X. Tierney was shot and killed as he and three other officers attempted to arrest two suspicious men who were attempting to pawn two watches.  When the officers arrived the men fled and exchanged shots with the officers.  The officers chased the men into a nearby stable where Patrolman Tierney was shot and killed and the other three officers were wounded.

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November 13, 1919

Age ??  ~  ?? Year Veteran

     No further information about the death of Patrolman Thomas L. Zebley is currently available.

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November 2, 1922

Age 31  ~  ?? Year Veteran

First Delaware State Police Officer
to die in the "Line Of Duty"!

     Officer He was a member of the Delaware State Highway Police which later became the Delaware State Police.  He succumbed to injuries sustained in a motorcycle accident two weeks earlier while attempting to stop a speeding motorist on the Philadelphia Pike.

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May 12, 1924

Age 67  ~  ?? Year Veteran

     Matron Davis was beaten to death by a female prisoner in the Wilmington Jail during an escape attempt.

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June 29, 1926

Age 40  ~  10 Year Veteran

     Officer Howard P. Atwell was killed in a motorcycle accident when he collided with an automobile while pursuing an alleged reckless driver.

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December 31, 1931

Age 30  ~  ?? Year Veteran

     Patrolman Milton Allen Wimbrow was killed in a motorcycle accident while on patrol.

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February 22, 1944

Age 43  ~  17 Year Veteran

     Sergeant Thomas H. Lamb was struck down with a heart attack while on duty

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July 7, 1944

Age 31  ~  7 Year Veteran

     Patrolman Willard E. Pruitt, Jr. was killed in a motorcycle accident while pursuing a suspect.

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October 16, 1945

Age 36  ~  6 Year Veteran

     Trooper Paul H. Sherman was killed when his patrol car was struck by a Baltimore & Ohio train at a crossing on Newport Gap Road in New Castle County.  At the time of the crash he was enroute to report for strike duty at Yorklyn.

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December 26, 1946

Age 30  ~  6 Year Veteran

     Detective Thomas P. Conaty, Jr., while questioning two youths about a burglary of several revolvers from a store, was shot and killed when one of them pulled out a gun and fired.

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January 13, 1950

Age 31  ~  6 Year Veteran

Served: 10/25/1943  ~  01/13/1950

     Corporal Leroy Lynch LeKites was struck and killed by a hit-and-run driver on US 113 near Selbyville, Delaware.

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November 17, 1950

Age 34  ~  ?? Year Veteran

     Trooper James D. Orvis died of a heart attack while attending a class at Harvard Medical College in Boston, Massachusetts while on duty.

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May 30, 1951

Age 31  ~  4 Year Veteran

Troop 2  ~  State Road
Served: 05/12/1947  ~  05/30/1951

     Trooper Raymond B. Wilhelm was killed in an automobile accident on US 40 near Glasgow, Delaware.

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July 2, 1955

Age 31  ~  ?? Year Veteran

     Patrolman Harry Passmore Cloud was struck by a vehicle and killed while walking next to a toll booth on the Delaware side of the Delaware Memorial Bridge.

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August 7, 1955

Age 28  ~  6 Year Veteran

Troop 3
Served: 01/31/1949  ~  08/07/1955

     Trooper William F. Mayer was struck and killed by a tractor trailer while conducting a traffic stop on the DuPont Parkway near Smyrna, Delaware.

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April 19, 1962

Age 34  ~  6 Year Veteran

Troop 1  ~  Penny Hill
Served: 06/01/1956  ~  04/19/1962

     Trooper Harold B. Rupert was killed in an automobile accident during a pursuit of a car he had attempted to stop for traffic violations.

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October 17, 1963

Age 28  ~  4 Year Veteran

Troop 2  ~  State Road
Served: 05/01/1959  ~  10/17/1963

     Trooper Robert A. Paris was shot and killed while on a special burglary detail checking local motels. He encountered two suspicious men in the parking lot of a hotel at 0340 hours. When he approached the men a shootout ensued and Trooper Paris was fatally wounded by a shotgun blast.

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September 11, 1967

Age 41  ~  20 Year Veteran

Superintendent
Served: 10/06/1947  ~  09/11/1967

     Colonel Eugene Ellis died of a Heart Attack while on duty.

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July 10, 1970

Age 60  ~  ?? Year Veteran

     Patrolman James Henry Hill suffered a fatal heart attack while attempting to apprehend a suspect.

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January 22, 1971

Age 23  ~  2 Year Veteran

Served: 01/01/1969  ~  01/22/1971

     Trooper William Conrad Keller was killed in an automobile accident while en route to an undercover assignment in Dover. His undercover vehicle was struck by a garbage truck on US 13.

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August 21, 1971

Age 48  ~  4 Year Veteran

     Officer Wallace A. Melson suffered a fatal heart attack during a vehicle pursuit.

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January 5, 1972

Age 29  ~  2 1/2 Year Veteran

Troop 1  ~  Penny Hill
Served: 05/01/1969  ~  01/05/1972

     Trooper Ronald L. Carey and Trooper David Yarrington were shot and killed in Pennsylvania by the female accomplice of a suspect they were struggling with.

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January 6, 1972

Age 24  ~  2 1/2 Year Veteran

Troop 1  ~  Penny Hill
Served: 05/01/1969  ~  01/06/1972

     Trooper David Clifton Yarrington, Sr. and Trooper Ronald L. Carey were shot and killed in Pennsylvania by the female accomplice of a suspect with who they were struggling.

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June 3, 1972

Age 26  ~  2 Year Veteran

Troop 3  ~  Camden
Served: 05/15/1970  ~  06/03/1972

     Trooper George W. Emory was killed in an automobile accident when his patrol car was struck by another vehicle on US 13, near Harrington, as he returned home following his shift.

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November 30, 1972

Age 26  ~  ?? Year Veteran

     Patrolman Paul John Sweeney succumbed to injuries and burns received one month earlier when his patrol car was struck from behind and burst into flames.

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April 26, 1979

Age ??  ~  ?? Year Veteran

     Chief Bailiff for the Superior Court. Cause of death currently unknown.

 

      


May 12, 1979

Age 42  ~  15 Year Veteran

     Lieutenant William Isaac Jearman died of a heart attack while on duty.

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November 18, 1987

Age 31  ~  6 Year Veteran

Troop 3  ~  Camden
Served: 09/08/1981  ~  11/18/1987

     Corporal David Bruce Pulling was killed during an explosives training exercise in Huntsville, Alabama. Corporal Pulling was attending the course, instructed by the FBI, in order to become a bomb technician for the Delaware State Police.

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March 20, 1990

Age 24  ~  8 Month Veteran

Served: 07/14/1989  ~  03/20/1990

     Trooper Kevin John Mallon was killed when he lost control of his patrol car on State Route 16 while en route to a burglary call.

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September 11, 1990

Age 29  ~  1 Year Veteran

Troop 5  ~  Bridgeville
Served: 07/14/1989  ~  09/11/1990

     Trooper Gerard Thomas Dowd was killed when his patrol car ran into the side of a tractor trailer while en route to a domestic disturbance call.

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September 7, 1993

Age 51  ~  20 Year Veteran

Served: 01/15/1971  ~  04/01/1982

     Corporal Robert Hamilton Bell died after contracting AIDS from a blood transufion received following a line of duty injury.

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December 20, 1993

Age 47  ~  11 Year Veteran, Dover PD

     Patrolman Francis T. Schneible succumbed to a shotgun wound sustained 24 years earlier when, as a member of the Dover Police Department, he was shot while attempting to arrest a shoplifter in downtown Dover on October 9, 1969.  Patrolman Schneible had served with the Dover Police Department for 11 years.  He then left Dover PD to become a Delaware State Trooper.

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February 9, 1996

Age 27  ~  2 Year Veteran

     Officer Vincent A. Julia was killed when his patrol car was struck by a dump truck while stopped to help a disabled truck.

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April 5, 1996

Age 28  ~  8 Month Veteran

Troop 5  ~  Bridgeville
Served: 07/24/1995  ~  04/05/1996

     Trooper Sandra Marie Wagner was killed after her cruiser was struck by a tractor trailer. Trooper Wagner was making a U-turn to pursue a vehicle when her cruiser was struck.

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April 4, 1998

Age 70  ~  35 Year Veteran

     Chief Harvey A. Gregg served as an officer on the Newark PD from 1952 thru 1960 and on the Georgetown police from the mid-1960's until the time of his passing. Chief Gregg died two days after suffering a heart attack while directing traffic for a funeral procession.

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February 6, 2001

Age 39  ~  4 Year Veteran

Troop 9
Served: 01/1997  ~  02/06/2001

     Corporal Frances Marie Collender was struck and killed by a vehicle while assisting at the scene of a previous accident.

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July 18, 2004

Age 31  ~  4 Year Veteran

Troop 7  ~  Five Points
Served: 07/2000  ~  07/18/2004

     Corporal Christopher Michael Shea was killed when his cruiser was struck head on by a vehicle being operated by an intoxicated driver.

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September 1, 2009

Age 29  ~  1 Year Veteran

     Officer Chad Ernest Spicer was killed in the line of duty while trying to apprehend suspects reportedly shooting guns at a McDonalds on Route 113.

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September 16, 2011

Age 44  ~  17 Year Veteran

     Sergeant Joseph L. Szczerba was killed in the line of duty while trying to apprehend a suspect who had reportedly committed a robbery.

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Stephen J. Ballard

April 26, 2017

Age 32  ~  8 1/2 Year Veteran

Troop 2  ~  Glasgow
Served: ?  ~  04/26/2017

     Corporal Stephen J. Ballard was shot and killed when he approached a vehicle in the parking lot of a Wawa store in Bear, Delaware.

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