Officer Down Memorial

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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.

Photo of Deputy Sheriff George Clem Douglas

Deputy Sheriff George Clem Douglas

Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office

Deputy George Douglas was shot and killed while he and his son attempted to serve an arrest warrant on a man at Bare Beach in the Glades area. Both Deputy Douglas and his son were shot but only Deputy Douglas died as a result.…Read More
EOW Saturday, August 27, 1921 Cause Gunfire Website: Officer Down Memorial Page

Deputy George Douglas was shot and killed while he and his son attempted to serve an arrest warrant on a man at Bare Beach in the Glades area. Both Deputy Douglas and his son were shot but only Deputy Douglas died as a result.

Deputy Douglas had served the agency for just one year. He was survived by his wife and 3 children.