Archive for Friday, October 13, 1989


October 13, 1989


The only two Lawrence police officers who were killed in the line of duty were honored at a ceremony this morning in the police conference room at the Judicial and Law Enforcement Center.

The Lawrence Fraternal Order of Police presented a plaque honoring Wilson Pringle, who died Oct. 11, 1909, and Melvin Howe, who died April 24, 1931.

The plaques will be hung in the police conference room.

Police Chief Ron Olin said that it was important to remember the two men and that "they died performing a duty many prefer not to think about."

About 30 officers and staff members from the Lawrence Police Department and the Douglas County Sheriff's Office attended the ceremony.

Pringle was shot while attempting to arrest a Eudora man who had robbed a Lawrence second-hand store. He died five days later.

Howe died after he was shot by a motorist during a traffic stop.

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