Fallen Officer Memorial
|Officer E. L. Steele||April 28, 1905||Decatur Police Department|
On the evening of Friday, April 28, 1905, Officer E.L. Steele of the Decatur Police Department had affected an arrest of a subject named Will Jackson. The arrest took place in the vicinity of Bank Street N.E. and Vine Street N.E. As Officer Steele escorted the suspect to the city jail, the prisoner Will Jackson engaged Officer Steele in a fight in an apparent attempt to escape. In the affray, Jackson was successful in disarming Officer Steele and shooting Officer Steele with his own weapon. Officer Steele succumbed to his wounds. Jackson was apprehended and later hanged for his offense.
|Officer William Amslom "Billy" Baber||July 2, 1905||Decatur Police Department|
Officer Baber responded to a call for assistance by another Officer (W.Moore) who had taken two suspects into custody in front of the railroad depot on Railroad Street N.E.. One of the subjects escaped custody while the arresting Officer searched the other. The escaped prisoner hid behind a billboard that was nearby (at the intersection of Lafayette and Railroad Street). Officer Baber knew the subject was hiding behind the billboard and called for him to come out. The suspect (Percie Couch) told Baber he would kill him if he did not retreat from his location. Baber not only did not retreat, he advanced and Couch shot Baber four times (Couch was firing a .44 caliber revolver). Baber was carried to the railroad depot for medical treatment. He was later moved to his home where he died. Couch fled to Fayetteville, Tenn., he was captured in Fayetteville and returned by train to Decatur. Upon his arrival in Decatur, over 3000 people had gathered at the depot, many of them carrying ropes for lynching. The people of Decatur were quite upset at losing three Officers in 18 months. The Chief of Police and Sheriff were able to sneak Couch off the train to the county jail. While awaiting trial, some four months later, Couch escaped custody.
|Officer Jesse Lemuel "Lem" Jones||November 25, 1906||Decatur Police Department|
Alice Williams, the owner of an "establishment" on Alabama Street near the river in Decatur, called the Mayor's residence asking for help with two patrons on her premises. Off. Lem Jones responded and found two men inside the house who had been discharging firearms inside the house. Jones arrested Wayne Moore and as he was escorting him from the house when Moore's friend Will Wade shot Jones in the left temple, the projectile exiting Jones' head behind his right ear. "Lem", as his friends called him, never felt the floorboards of the front porch when he fell. Though Moore escaped custody, he and Wade were later captured and convicted of killing Officer Jones.
|Deputy Sheriff Burns Almon||September 10, 1927||Morgan County Sheriff's Office|
Just before the noon hour, Morgan County Sheriff B.E. Davis and four of his Deputies approached an illegal still operation east of the city of Decatur. As the Officers approached the operation, the suspects operating the still field on foot. One of the fleeing suspects fell to the ground and began firing on the closing Deputies. Deputy Almon was struck and mortally wounded. Even after being wounded, Deputy Almon returned fire at the suspect. Almon died shortly thereafter. Burns Almon was 39 years of age.
|Officer Thomas E. Wright||March 27, 1930||Decatur Police Department|
While on patrol, Officers Tom Wright and Wade Moore began following a vehicle they observed disregarding a stop sign near the Bee Line Highway. The vehicle stopped in front of a residence on Johnson Street, where the driver lived. The driver of the car was a former probate judge from Madison County named Thomas Skeggs and was at the time of the vehicle stop, running for a seat in the state legislature. As Officer Wright approached the car, the driver shot him in the chest using a .41 caliber Derringer. Officer Wright, after being shot, took the driver into custody and turned him over to his partner Officer Moore while he Officer Wright drove to the Decatur Police Department. Officer Wright held on for several days, receiving blood transfusions from his fellow officers before he died. Thomas Skeggs was convicted of murder and was released on an appeal bond. While walking the streets of Decatur, Thomas Skeggs attempted to cross the street and a vehicle driven by the captain of a local football team struck and killed Skeggs.
|Captain Thomas E. Maxwell||October 4, 1962||Alabama State Troopers|
On the fourth day of October 1962, two vehicles collided with one another on Danville Road at Johnson Chapel Road near Decatur. One of the vehicles was an Alabama Highway Patrol vehicle driven by State Trooper Capt. Thomas E. Maxwell. Capt. Maxwell died as a result of the injuries he received in that collision. Capt. Maxwell was the first Alabama State Trooper to be killed in the line of duty. Captain Maxwell was 41 years of age.
|Officer Loyd Hays||May 2, 1964||Alabama Game and Fish|
On the 2nd day of May 1964, Officer Loyd Hayes was checking an abandoned vehicle on the south bank of Flint Creek just outside of Decatur when he encountered a male and female subject walking near the vehicle. As Off. Hayes approached the two, the female leaped behind Off. Hayes, shielding herself from the male subject shouting that she had been assaulted. Before Officer Hayes could react, the male subject shot him two times. Though gravely wounded, Officer Hayes attempted to arrest the subject and fought with him until weakened by blood loss, Hayes was overpowered. The subject stabbed Officer Hayes multiple times after shooting him twice. Officer Hayes died at the scene. Loyd Hayes was 41 Years of age. Responding Deputies arrested the subject who was convicted and sentenced to death but his sentence was later changed to life in prison. However, he was paroled in 1979.
|Trooper David Temple||September 13, 1979||Alabama State Troopers|
At approx. 3:30 pm a lone gunman robbed a user car lot in Decatur and fled toward Huntsville. Trooper David Temple encountered the suspect's vehicle as it sped eastward toward Madison. Trooper Temple initiated a vehicle stop of this suspect on Alabama Highway 20 in Mooresville. As Trooper Temple approached the suspect vehicle, the lone occupant of the vehicle, swung open the driver's door and shot Trooper Temple. As Trooper Temple lay wounded in the middle of Highway 20, the suspect exited his vehicle walked to Trooper Temple and shot him several more times. Trooper Temple died laying on Highway 20. The suspect was later shot and killed as he attempted to carry out the same fate on a Madison Police Officer.
|Deputy Sheriff William "Bill" Biles||May 21, 1985||Morgan County Sheriff's Office|