Huntsville Police Department honors 12 fallen officers at memorial service

Twelve officers will be honored including Officer Keith Earle and Agent Billy Clardy III
Published: May. 17, 2022 at 6:59 AM CDT|Updated: May. 17, 2022 at 12:07 PM CDT
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HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WAFF) - As part of National Police Week, the Huntsville Police Department held a Memorial Service Tuesday to honor its fallen officers.

The seventh annual ceremony was held in front of the Fallen Officers Memorial, which is located at 815 Wheeler Ave. Huntsville Mayor Tommy Battle will also join the annual service to help honor 12 HPD officers.

“We are a family, you know. Officers, they dedicate their lives to this service, and it’s a very dangerous position, as everyone knows. And in today’s climate, it’s hard to be a police officer, and unfortunately, sometimes when we leave for work, we don’t always come home,” said Sgt. Rosalind White, Public Information Officer of the Huntsville Police Department.

The seventh annual ceremony was held in front of the Fallen Officers Memorial

The Memorial Service was open to the public.

“So, it’s important for us to recognize those that paid the ultimate sacrifice in the line of duty and to let the families know we still honor them and we remember them and we thank them so much for what they’ve given to us and the department,” she added.

Below is a list of the 12 HPD officers who lost their lives in the line of duty:

  • Officer William J. Street – End of Watch, Monday, Oct. 8, 1883
  • Officer Frank McKissack – End of Watch, Friday, May 26, 1916
  • Officer Ewell B. Starr – End of Watch, Saturday, Dec. 5, 1953
  • Officer Alan S. Logel, Jr. – End of Watch, Monday, Nov. 19, 1956
  • Officer Charles E. Drake, Jr. – End of Watch, Monday, July 23, 1962
  • Officer Preston R. Butler – End of Watch, Friday, June 3, 1966
  • Officer William T. Gaskin – End of Watch, Tuesday, Aug. 27, 1968
  • Officer Billy Fred Clardy, Jr. – End of Watch, Wednesday, May 3, 1978
  • Officer Daniel Howard Golden – End of Watch, Monday, Aug. 29, 2005
  • Officer William Eric Freeman – End of Watch, Saturday, Dec. 15, 2007
  • Officer Keith O’Neal Earle – End of Watch, Monday, April 9, 2018
  • Agent Billy Fred Clardy III – End of Watch, Friday, Dec. 6, 2019

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