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The three fallen Lawrence officers died many decades ago: Moore in 1901 at a train depot in North Lawrence; Pringle, shot while trying to stop a robbery
in 1909; and Howe, killed during a traffic stop in 1931. The police visited their grave sites in North Lawrence and at Oak Hill Cemetery Friday morning
to lay wreaths on their graves.
---this article should have included a brief narrative of each fallen Lawrence officer's event, as it would have I hope made their sacrifice more real to those who read this. as it is, the article seems a bit too thin on detail.
*yes, grace and peace to each peace officer on duty. God keep them safe.
LJWorld staff, you could have included links to the LPD's In Memoriam webpages. I just found the one for officer Moore, "the north side officer."
reading it moved me to tears. here's from that very fine page, and thank you Lawrence PD for posting this:
The North Side Officer Accidentally Kills Himself
Allen Moore, a policeman on the north side of the river, accidentally shot himself in the stomach last night at 1:45 and died at the home of King Adams
at 6:30 this morning.
Moore had come on duty at midnight and went into the Union Pacific telegraph office. He sat on a chair and when he arose his revolver slipped out of its
case onto the floor, being discharged at once. The lead entered his stomach and passed entirely through him. Aid was at once summoned and the injured
man was taken to the home of King Adams where he was tenderly cared for until death came.
Mr. Moore was a man highly respected by all who knew him. He had an aged mother and six children who were present at the time of his death. His wife died
about four years ago. Mr. Moore knew from the first that he would die and made all possible preparations. He called his children before him and counseled
them to live upright lives. He told them that since their mother had been taken away he had tried the best he could to bring them up the right way and
know thathetoo was to go, he asked them to
mind their grandmother. He told them that he was going to join their mother in heaven and he wanted them all to meet them there when life's work was done.
It was a pathetic scene but the man died in full blessing of Christian belief and confident that it was well with him.
Marshall Prentice was with him for several hours and other friends did all that was possible for the dying man,but the wound was too serious to be healed
and he went to his long home.
(Reproduction from the Lawrence Weekly World, Wednesday, May 22, 1901.)
The train station where he died was in fact the lnow current location of our visitors' center on north 2nd, right?
Wilson Pringle's in memoriam page:
he wasn't a young man when he was shot down by a 17-year old from eudora. the story reads as if he just happened to be next door, off duty, on the twelve hundred block of Haskell avenue when it happened.
and the link to Melvin Howe's in memoriam page:
this is also very moving to read. once again death came suddenly to a good man.
Thanks LKPD for these in memoriam pages. they are very good t introducing these three men in our law enforcement history, making them real.
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