Officer Down Memorial

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Photo of Sergeant Andrew Redding

Sergeant Andrew Redding

Lantana Police Department

Sergeant Redding was killed when a drunk driver ran a red light and broadsided his cruiser on the passenger side. He was pronounced dead at the scene.

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EOW Tuesday, February 12, 1974 Cause Vehicular assault Website: Officer Down Memorial Page

Sergeant Redding was killed when a drunk driver ran a red light and broadsided his cruiser on the passenger side. He was pronounced dead at the scene.

Photo of Police Officer William Harold Fletcher

Police Officer William Harold Fletcher

West Palm Beach Police Department

Officer Fletcher and Officer Richard Van Curler were shot and killed while responding to a disturbance at a local bank at 45th Street and Broadway. The bank manager had called after hours to report a man pounding on the doors and yelling to be let in.…

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EOW Thursday, April 6, 1967 Cause Gunfire Website: Officer Down Memorial Page

Officer Fletcher and Officer Richard Van Curler were shot and killed while responding to a disturbance at a local bank at 45th Street and Broadway. The bank manager had called after hours to report a man pounding on the doors and yelling to be let in. After arriving Officer Fletcher contacted the employees of the bank and then went to talk to the man who was still in front of the bank. The man continued to shout and cause as a disturbance as Officer Fletcher tried to talk to him. Because portable radios were not used at the time Officer Fletcher returned to his cruiser to call for backup.
As Officer Fletcher completed his transmission the man began walking towards him and met him at the curb. The man then struck him and knocked him down. During the ensuing struggle the suspect gained control of Officer Fletcher’s revolver and shot him twice. At that moment Officer Van Curler arrived on his motorcycle. The suspect immediately opened fire, shooting through the motorcycle’s windshield and striking Officer Van Curler in the chest. After walking over to Officer Van Curler the suspect then attempted to shoot him again but the gun was empty. He then took Officer Van Curler’s weapon. Officer Fletcher had managed to get to his feet but the suspect shot him again with Officer Van Curler’s weapon, fatally wounding him. Other officers arrived on the scene and took the suspect into custody. The suspect was commited to a mental hospital where he later died.

Photo of Police Officer David Richard Van Curler

Police Officer David Richard Van Curler

West Palm Beach Police Department

Officer Van Curler and Officer William Fletcher were shot and killed while responding to a disturbance at a local bank at 45th Street and Broadway. The bank manager had called after hours to report a man pounding on the doors and yelling to be let in.…

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EOW Thursday, April 6, 1967 Cause Gunfire Website: Officer Down Memorial Page

Officer Van Curler and Officer William Fletcher were shot and killed while responding to a disturbance at a local bank at 45th Street and Broadway. The bank manager had called after hours to report a man pounding on the doors and yelling to be let in. After arriving Officer Fletcher contacted the employees of the bank and then went to talk to the man who was still in front of the bank. The man continued to shout and cause as a disturbance as Officer Fletcher tried to talk to him. Because portable radios were not used at the time Officer Fletcher returned to his cruiser to call for backup.
As Officer Fletcher completed his transmission the man began walking towards him and met him at the curb. The man then struck him and knocked him down. During the ensuing struggle the suspect gained control of Officer Fletcher’s revolver and shot him twice. At that moment Officer Van Curler arrived on his motorcycle. The suspect immediately opened fire, shooting through the motorcycle’s windshield and striking Officer Van Curler in the chest. After walking over to Officer Van Curler the suspect then attempted to shoot him again but the gun was empty. He then took Officer Van Curler’s weapon. Officer Fletcher had managed to get to his feet but the suspect shot him again with Officer Van Curler’s weapon, fatally wounding him. Other officers arrived on the scene and took the suspect into custody. The suspect was commited to a mental hospital where he later died.

Photo of Police Officer Clarence Leo Wagner

Police Officer Clarence Leo Wagner

West Palm Beach Police Department

Officer Wagner was killed in a motorcycle accident when another vehicle made a left hand turn in front of his motorcycle. He was responding to an accident with injuries call with his lights and sirens activated when the accident took place.…

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EOW Friday, February 10, 1967 Cause Motorcycle accident Website: Officer Down Memorial Page

Officer Wagner was killed in a motorcycle accident when another vehicle made a left hand turn in front of his motorcycle. He was responding to an accident with injuries call with his lights and sirens activated when the accident took place. The driver of the other vehicle was charged with causing an accident by failing to yield right-of-way. Officer Wagner had been with the agency for two years.

Photo of Sergeant James Stephen Fogleman

Sergeant James Stephen Fogleman

Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office

Sergeant James Fogleman was killed in an automobile accident while transporting a critically injured child to the hospital. He was involved in a single vehicle crash while en route. After being transported to the hospital he refused treatment until the child and his mother were treated first.…

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EOW Monday, March 25, 1963 Cause Automobile accident Website: Officer Down Memorial Page

Sergeant James Fogleman was killed in an automobile accident while transporting a critically injured child to the hospital. He was involved in a single vehicle crash while en route. After being transported to the hospital he refused treatment until the child and his mother were treated first.

As he sat in a chair doing paperwork he collapsed. It was later determined that his gun had impaled his spleen, causing him to bleed to death.

Sergeant Fogleman was survived by his expectant wife and two children.

Photo of Police Officer Festus Alvah Tatum Jr.

Police Officer Festus Alvah Tatum Jr.

West Palm Beach Police Department

Officer Tatum was killed in a motorcycle accident while escorting a funeral procession on Parker Avenue. The last car in the procession had just cleared an intersection and Officer Tatum was passing the procession to clear the next intersection. As he did so a boy riding a motor scooter pulled out of Hampton Road, passing through the procession, and collided with Officer Tatum.…

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EOW Saturday, March 28, 1959 Cause Motorcycle accident Website: Officer Down Memorial Page

Officer Tatum was killed in a motorcycle accident while escorting a funeral procession on Parker Avenue. The last car in the procession had just cleared an intersection and Officer Tatum was passing the procession to clear the next intersection. As he did so a boy riding a motor scooter pulled out of Hampton Road, passing through the procession, and collided with Officer Tatum. He was thrown into a tree and suffered severe head injuries.

Officer Tatum had served with the agency for 4 years.

Photo of Police Officer Lewis Allen Conner

Police Officer Lewis Allen Conner

West Palm Beach Police Department

Officer Conner was shot and killed as he and another officer attempted to question a man in connection with a burglary. Officer Conner was covering the rear of the house as the other officer went to the front door. When the officer in the front heard a shot fired he ran to the rear of the house where he engaged the suspect in a foot pursuit.…Read More
EOW Saturday, August 7, 1937 Cause Gunfire Website: Officer Down Memorial Page

Officer Conner was shot and killed as he and another officer attempted to question a man in connection with a burglary. Officer Conner was covering the rear of the house as the other officer went to the front door. When the officer in the front heard a shot fired he ran to the rear of the house where he engaged the suspect in a foot pursuit. The suspect was able to evade apprehension and the officer ran back to the house where he found Officer Conner suffering a gunshot wound the head. Officer Conner was transported to a local hospital where he succumbed to the wound.

The suspect was convicted of first degree murder and sentenced to life in prison on December 9, 1937.

Officer Conner had been with the agency for 12 years.

Photo of Police Officer Jack Grace Wadlington

Police Officer Jack Grace Wadlington

West Palm Beach Police Department

Officer Wadlington was struck by a vehicle and killed while directing traffic during the city's annual Sun Dance Festival. He was working an extra duty assignment when the incident occured. Officer Wadlington was a WWI veteran and had been with the agency for nine years.…Read More
EOW Sunday, March 31, 1935 Cause Struck by vehicle Website: Officer Down Memorial Page

Officer Wadlington was struck by a vehicle and killed while directing traffic during the city’s annual Sun Dance Festival. He was working an extra duty assignment when the incident occured.

Officer Wadlington was a WWI veteran and had been with the agency for nine years. He was survived by his wife.

Photo of Police Officer William Morgan Payton

Police Officer William Morgan Payton

West Palm Beach Police Department

Patrolman Payton was shot and killed while attempting to arrest a robbery suspect.Read More
EOW Saturday, February 9, 1924 Cause Gunfire Website: Officer Down Memorial Page

Patrolman Payton was shot and killed while attempting to arrest a robbery suspect.

Photo of Deputy Sheriff Frederick A. Baker

Deputy Sheriff Frederick A. Baker

Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office

Deputy Frederick Baker was shot and killed while attempting to arrest a group of fugitives in the Everglades, 25 miles north of West Palm Beach. The gang was wanted for crimes spanning several years, including the murders of Deputy Wilber Hendrickson, of the Dade County Sheriff's Department, and Officer John Riblet, of the Miami Police Department, on June 2, 1915.…Read More
EOW Wednesday, January 9, 1924 Cause Gunfire Website: Officer Down Memorial Page

Deputy Frederick Baker was shot and killed while attempting to arrest a group of fugitives in the Everglades, 25 miles north of West Palm Beach. The gang was wanted for crimes spanning several years, including the murders of Deputy Wilber Hendrickson, of the Dade County Sheriff’s Department, and Officer John Riblet, of the Miami Police Department, on June 2, 1915.

Deputy Baker was leading a posse when they entered the fugitive gang’s camp. As the posse entered the camp, the fugitives opened fire. Deputy Baker and one of the suspects were killed in the shootout.

The remaining fugitives fled into the swamp as their hideout was burned to the ground. On November 1, 1924, the four remaining members of the gang were shot and killed when a posse located them in St. Lucie County.