The Norman Transcript

Headlines

May 11, 2013

Service honors the fallen

NORMAN — Heroes, foot soldiers, warriors, patriots, protectors and public servants: These were just some of the words used to describe law enforcement officers who have died in the line of duty during this year’s Law Enforcement Memorial Service.

Co-hosted by the Norman Police Department and Cleveland County Sheriff’s Office, Friday’s afternoon service honored the sacrifices of several Cleveland County officers from 1912 to 1998.

NPD Chief Keith L. Humphrey, speaking at the event, said no matter the officer’s cause of death — be it because of gunfire, explosions or medical, vehicle or weather related — the 471 officers who have died in the line of duty in Oklahoma’s history of policing must never be forgotten.

While addressing the audience, Cleveland County Sheriff Joseph K. Lester referenced John 15:13.

“No greater sacrifice can you do than to lay your life down for another, and I commend those who did that,” Lester said.

Among those honored were Deputy William H. Abbott, Deputy Grover Fulkerson, Lt. Jerry W. Bratcher, Patrolman Melvin Miner, Rona Chafey and Sergeant Dale DeBerry.

Abbott, Cleveland County Sheriff’s Office deputy, died on Feb. 17, 1912, after being shot by a suspect while on duty on Feb. 14, 1912. He was 40 years old and was survived by a wife and eight children.

Caroline Abbott Mayfield, Abbott’s granddaughter, said she has been coming to the memorial service every year for about 10 years.

“It makes me extremely sad but I am very proud of him,” she said.

Fulkerson, Cleveland County Sheriff’s Office chief deputy, was shot by a suspect while on duty on Aug. 24, 1917. He was 30 years old. On the night Fulkerson was killed, he was guarding the Canadian River Bridge against “Night Riders.”

Bratcher, Norman Police Department detective lieutenant, was killed in a traffic collision in rural east Norman while on duty on Nov. 24, 1963. He was 29 years old and was survived by his wife and three children.

Text Only | Photo Reprints
Headlines
  • Junior Police Graduation First Junior Police Academy graduates

    The room went dark and a slideshow flipped through photos of children participating in the first Junior Police Academy as kids chattered excitedly, remembering what they had done over the past two weeks. Norman Police Department hosted ...

    July 25, 2014 1 Photo

  • Officials say transparency lacking in Wal-Mart zoning

    Norman city staff recently admitted to withholding information from the public regarding a controversial zoning change in southeast Norman. If approved by the city council, the proposal will allow a Wal-Mart supercenter at Cedar Lane and ...

    July 25, 2014

  • Air Algerie jet crashes with 116 on board

    OUAGADOUGO, Burkina Faso — An Air Algerie jetliner carrying 116 people crashed Thursday in a rainstorm over restive Mali, and its wreckage was found near the border of neighboring Burkina Faso — the third major international aviation ...

    July 25, 2014

  • Nonprofit raises $3.9M-plus for new center

    The Center for Children and Families, a United Way of Norman partner agency, announced Thursday that it exceeded its public fundraising goal of $3.5 million and raised more than $3.9 million to complete the purchase and renovation of a ...

    July 25, 2014

  • Bad year won’t dampen peachy tradition

    PORTER — A rusting, silver-colored water tower tells visitors to this rural town between Muskogee and Tulsa that they’ve come to the “Peach Capitol of Oklahoma.” Residents of Stratford, the state’s other self-proclaimed peach capital, ...

    July 26, 2014

  • Union Market opens this fall on campus

    Shelves are being stocked as employees buzz around like busy bees and activities are in the last stages of prep as the University of Oklahoma anticipates the opening of its new eatery Union Market, located in the Oklahoma Memorial Union in ...

    July 26, 2014

  • OU football recruit under investigation in assault case

    An attorney representing Joe Mixon confirmed Friday evening that the highly-recruited Oklahoma running back is being investigated by Norman Police in connection with an incident in which a woman suffered multiple facial fractures early ...

    July 26, 2014

  • Campus Cornerassault

    Norman Police responded to an alleged aggravated assault at the Campus Corner Pickelmans Gourmet Cafe early Friday morning....

    July 26, 2014

  • U.S.: Russia firing across border

    KIEV, Ukraine — Russia is launching artillery attacks from its soil on Ukrainian troops and preparing to move heavier weaponry across the border, the U.S. and Ukraine charged Friday in what appeared to be an ominous escalation of the ...

    July 26, 2014

  • McCain: Arizona execution ‘torture’

    TUCSON, Ariz. — U.S. Sen. John McCain says the execution of an Arizona inmate that lasted two hours was torture....

    July 26, 2014