“Bravery is not the absence of fear, but action (the mastery of it) in the face of fear.” — John Berridge
End of Watch: 5/20/1957
Deputy Sheriff John Lawrence was shot and killed when he and his partner stopped a vehicle driven by a man who had just shot and wounded two state troopers.
They located the car near North Miami and followed it on a rural road before stopping it approximately one mile west of the city. As the officers approached the car the suspect exited and opened fire, striking Deputy Lawrence in the neck. Deputy Lawrence's partner was able to return fire and wound the suspect.
The suspect was later found in his home, dead from a self-inflicted gunshot wound.
Deputy Lawrence had served with the Ottawa County Sheriff's Office for three years. He was survived by his wife and child.
End of Watch: 1/03/1935
Deputy Sheriff Gerald Hodge was shot and killed in Picher, Oklahoma, while attempting to arrest a man wanted for several armed robberies.
He and a group of other officers went to the home of the man's sister to see if he was there. A man answered the door and started backing up. When Deputy Hodge followed the man into the home the wanted subject ran into the room and fatally shot Deputy Hodge.
The other officers then entered the room and shot the suspect 27 times, killing him.
Deputy Hodge was a WWI veteran and had served with the Ottawa County Sheriff's Office for four years. He was survived by his wife, daughter, and son.
End of Watch: 10/23/1917
Deputy Sheriff W.H. Corder was shot and killed while attempting to search a store for illegal liquor in Picher, Oklahoma.
Deputy Corder had initially attempted to search the store the previous night but was attacked by the store owner and disarmed. He returned the following day in an attempt to search the store again, but the store owner shot him multiple times, killing him.
The subject was convicted of manslaughter and sentenced to 10 years in prison.