We honor these Dayton Police Officers who made the ultimate sacrifice for their community. They will never be forgotten.
Officer Mary Beall 2002
Officer Jason “Jake” Grossnickle 1996
Officer William “Steve” Whalen 1991
Officer Eddie Hobson 1981
Detective Sergeant William Mortimer 1974
Patrolman Daniel Bruns 1973
Patrolman James Mobley 1970
Sergeant Paul Mortimer 1970
Patrolman Ronald K. Wells 1967
Patrolman Richard Baker 1965
Patrolman Sherman Nowlin 1947
Patrolman Herman Drexler 1947
Detective Sergeant Lucius Rice 1939
Patrolman William Wilson 1928
aPatrolman Walter E. Rauch 1927
Captain John C. Post 1927
Officer William Horn 1927
Patrolman George Clark 1923
Officer John J. Stapleton 1916
Detective George Purcell 1916
Patrolman Charles Thomas 1916
Patrolman William Dalton 1899
Sergeant Amer M. Kellar 1897
Patrolman Lee Lynam 1880
He was a father, a husband, a son.
She was a wife, a mother, a friend.
Each was loving and loved, every one
a treasured life brought to a tragic end.
Some had their lives stolen violently;
others were lost while responding "Code 3".
They died as they lived: selflessly,
"to serve and protect" you and me.
So we pledge to remember you that gave all.
Your names will be etched on our hallowed wall,
tears shed at your funerals and again each year
as your names are called out from the roll we revere.
But beyond this remembrance to assuage the cost,
we’ll strive to ensure that all is not lost.
For, on each officer’s mind as they drew their last breath,
was their family´s pain in the wake of their death.
To honor them now means more than remembering,
it is helping, praying, giving and tending
those left with unspeakable voids in their lives,
grieving children, parents, husbands and wives.
Thus, valiant heroes, rest in peace for all time,
loved ones safe with your brethren on the blue line.
And to honor you, we your family in blue
vow to care for them 'til God restores them to you.
Rest in Peace, Valiant and Honored Brothers and Sisters.
Copyright 2007 Sgt. Rhonda Williams, member of the Dayton, Ohio P.D.
(Please do not copy, reprint or republish without the author's written consent)