Fallen Officer Remembrance

Beginning Oct. 12, 2010, the Winston-Salem Police Department will implement a new practice to commemorate all slain police officers on the anniversaries of their deaths. The date marks the one-year anniversary of the death of Sgt. Mickey Hutchens.

A memorandum to all hands stated: "Seventeen members of the Winston-Salem Police Department have given their lives in the line of duty. This ultimate sacrifice for the community should never be forgotten. Although we remember these officers during Law Enforcement Memorial Week, it is not enough…."

"Commencing October 12, and on the anniversary date of each line-of-duty death, all personnel will wear black bands on their badges. For those without badges, black ribbons will be appropriately worn on clothing. The Honor Guard will stand guard on these dates at the WSPD memorial outside of the Public Safety Center from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. At 8 a.m. a wreath will be laid at the memorial…. This is one small way for us to perpetually pay tribute to these heroes who have made the ultimate sacrifice."

Council Member Vivian H. Burke, the chair of the Public Safety Committee, said, "We can never do enough to honor our Winston-Salem police officers for what they do to make us safe in this community. We must also remember the families of these slain officers for the loss they endured on behalf of us all."

Read more about each fallen officer on the Memorial page 

Video about the Fallen Officer memorial at the Public Safety Center [video] 

These dates will be observed:

January 3, 1983   Police Officer Donald W. Allred
January 15, 1994   Police Officer Robert Buitrago
January 29, 1993   Police Officer Michael R. Jennings
February 23, 2007   Sergeant Howard J. Plouff
February 28, 1995   Police Officer Stephen L. Amos
April 23, 1993   Senior Police Officer Bobby F. Beane
May 19, 1895   Patrolman Michael M. Vickers
June 26, 1992   Lieutenant Aaron G. Tise
July 30, 2011   Police Officer Russell M. Willingham Jr.
August 1, 1941   Patrolman Gurney L. Royall
August 15, 1927   Patrolman Thomas G. Anderson
September 9, 1961   Patrolman Al C. Kinard
October 12, 2009   Sergeant Mickey G. Hutchens
November 1, 1938   Detective W. G. Willard
November 1, 1952   Patrolman John F. Wimbish
November 28, 1945   Patrolman Grover C. Hailey Jr.
December 8, 1940   Patrolman John M. Sampson
December 26, 1927   Sergeant Leland G. Teague

WSPD badge for memorial

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