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City honors Lawrence’s fallen officers during National Police Week

May 17, 2013

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Officers Allen Moore, Wilson Pringle and Melvin Howe were honored Friday morning, as they are each year.

The three men were officers of the Lawrence Police Department who died in the line of duty, and on Friday morning Lawrence police gathered with city officials to remember them in honor of National Police Week.

Officer Vince Casagrande, left, and Detective Randy Glidewell place a wreath on the grave of Officer Allen Moore at Maple Grove Cemetery. Moore, who died in 1901, was one of three Lawrence police officers who have died in the line of duty and are honored during National Police Week.

Officer Vince Casagrande, left, and Detective Randy Glidewell place a wreath on the grave of Officer Allen Moore at Maple Grove Cemetery. Moore, who died in 1901, was one of three Lawrence police officers who have died in the line of duty and are honored during National Police Week.

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.

Lawrence Police Chief Tarik Khatib said that those men also stood for the many police around the country who die while on the job each year. Notable among those were two Topeka police officers who were shot and killed in December near a Dillons grocery store.

Mayor Mike Dever, joined by Vice Mayor Mike Amyx, and City Commissioner Bob Schumm, also attended the ceremony and thanked the police for the risks they run and the sacrifices they make every day.

Paul Taylor, a Lawrence pastor and volunteer police chaplain, led a prayer before the gathered officers went to pay respects to their fallen comrades. "Every officer knows this is a possibility," he said. "But I ask for grace, mercy and protection."

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bearded_gnome 1 year, 7 months ago

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.

bearded_gnome 1 year, 7 months ago

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.)

bearded_gnome 1 year, 7 months ago

The train station where he died was in fact the lnow current location of our visitors' center on north 2nd, right?

bearded_gnome 1 year, 7 months ago

Wilson Pringle's in memoriam page:

http://police.lawrenceks.org/content/officer-wilson-pringle

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.

bearded_gnome 1 year, 7 months ago

and the link to Melvin Howe's in memoriam page:

http://police.lawrenceks.org/content/officer-melvin-howe

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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