Officer John Charles’ duties included lighting the arc lamp located on the corner of Main Street and West Cleveland Avenue. Officer Cash had to use a chain to arc the lamp to burn. During this lighting process, Officer Cash was pulling the metal chain when his hand touched an exposed wire and he was electrocuted on May 15, 1913.
John Charles Cash
While on patrol, Officer Jack Parker was killed in a motorcycle on July 28, 1929. He was not wearing a helmet, because it was not required or considered a piece of safety gear at the time. Officer Parker was 30 years old, and had been with the department for four years.
Officer Earl Lee Vickery was killed in a motorcycle accident on November 20, 1938 while chasing a violator. During the chase, Officer Vickery was thrown from the motorcycle into the path of a moving trolley. He was not wearing a helmet, because it was not required or considered a piece of safety gear at the time. Earl Lee Vickery was 31 years old, and had been with the department for three years.
Earl Lee Vickery
Officer George Clifford Burnett III was killed on July 16, 1966, from a gunshot wound to the chest, by a suspect who was released from a mental hospital after having served 10 years. Officer Burnett had been with the department for a year, and was 26 years of age.
George Clifford Burnett III
On June 2, 1969, Officer Joseph Sykes was killed in a motorcycle accident. Officer Sykes was responding to another accident when he was struck by a vehicle, and suffered a fatal head injury. He was not wearing a helmet, as they were not required or considered a piece of safety equipment at that time. Joseph Sykes had been with the department for three years, and was 24 years old.
Officer Christopher Betts was struck by three vehicles and killed on December 22, 2002, while he and another officer struggled with a suspect on I-285. Officer Betts and the suspect were killed, and the second officer was critically injured. One of the three vehicles that struck the men fled the scene.