Friday morning, May 9, members of the Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Honor Guard participated in the Fortieth Annual Oklahoma Law Enforcement Officers' Memorial Service. Along with honor guards from across the state, they were there as Oklahoma took time to honor the service and sacrifices of its law enforcement officers. The service was conducted at the Oklahoma Law Enforcement Memorial located on the west grounds of the Oklahoma Department of Public Safety, 3600 N. M. L. King Avenue in Oklahoma City.
Honor guard members participating in the ceremony were game wardens Gary Roller, Robin Pugh, Nathan Erdman and Ben Bickerstaff. Oklahoma State Game Warden Association president Anthony Clark attended as the association
representative at the event. Key note speaker for the service was Sheldon J. Sperling, U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Oklahoma. Six officers' names were dedicated on the states memorial during the service. They were:
Braggs Deputy Constable George Johnson Kirk along with Constable Wicks trailed three train robbers and caught up to them on June 18, 1909. When the Constables attempted to arrest the men, a fight ensued and Deputy Constable Kirk was shot in the head and killed.
Oklahoma County Deputy Sheriff Levi A. Ezzell died Monday evening August 24, 1914, after he was shot in the abdomen by his own .45 caliber pistol. Deputy Ezzell was taking 17 year old Warren Mankin to jail for stealing bicycles when Mankin broke loose and started running east down an alley south of Main Street west of Hudson. Deputy Ezzell drew his gun and threw it at the escaping youth. When the gun stuck the pavement, it discharged striking Ezzell. Deputy Ezzell made a statement before he died of how he was shot, clearing Mankin.
Jefferson County Deputy Sheriff Louis M. Harvill and Grayson Township Constable William A. Hood were both shot about 10 P.M., the evening of Saturday, January 28, 1928, as they walked between two parked cars. Deputy Harvill died within the hour. Constable Hood died five days later, on February 2, 1928.
Latimer County Deputy Sheriff Dustin S. Duncan was driving to his home in Wister having just completed a twelve-hour shift and was killed when his patrol car went left of center and struck a pick up just before 6 a.m. on Monday, February 4, 2008. Deputy Duncan had only been with the Latimer County Sheriff's Office three months having joined the previous October but had been a law enforcement officer for seven years prior serving with the Wister Police Department and the Le Flore County Sheriff's Office.
Chickasaw Ligthorse Police Department Special Agent Robert P. Flickinger was killed about 7:55 P.M. on Friday, March 7, 2008, when he attempted to pass another vehicle and collided with a pickup on State Highway 199 just east of Madill in Marshall County. Robert Flickinger had been in law enforcement for sixteen years. He joined the Chickasaw Lighthorse Police Department on September 27, 2004, as a uniformed officer and was promoted to Special Agent on October 15, 2007.
For more information on these or any of the other almost 700 law enforcement officers who have died in the line of duty in Oklahoma go to the Oklahoma Law Enforcement Memorial web site at www.oklemem.com.
The Oklahoma Law Enforcement Memorial was the first permanent memorial built in the United States to honor all of the fallen officers of a state. The Memorial was four years in the planning and construction. It was dedicated on May 15, 1969, during the first Annual Oklahoma Law Enforcement Officer's Memorial Service.
The Memorial is maintained and the Annual Memorial Service is hosted by Oklahoma Law Enforcement Memorial, Inc. Member organizations are the Oklahoma Sheriffs and Peace Officers Association, Oklahoma State Lodge of
the Fraternal Order of Police, Association of Oklahoma Narcotic Enforcers, Oklahoma Association of Chiefs of Police, Oklahoma Sheriffs' Association, Oklahoma State Troopers Association, Oklahoma Gang Investigators
Association and the Oklahoma State Game Wardens Association.