The Arlington Police Department is commemorating Police Memorial Week with a ceremony at Heroes Park (2100 W. Green Oaks Blvd.) on Friday, May 14, 2010, at 10 a.m. to honor the Arlington police officers who made the ultimate sacrifice and gave their lives while serving the citizens.
Officer Craig Story became the seventh Arlington police officer to die in the line of duty on Jan. 13, 2010, after being involved in a fatal traffic accident. The first was nearly 80 years ago, when Officer James Evans Johnson was fatally shot while conducting an investigation.
At Friday’s ceremony, Arlington Police Theron Bowman and City of Arlington Mayor Robert Cluck are scheduled to speak, followed by the Honor Guard’s presentation. If there is rain Friday morning, the ceremony will be moved into the West Police Station’s community room, which is just across the street at 2060 W Green Oaks Blvd.
Heroes’ Park is a tribute to the City of Arlington’s Police and Fire Departments, and commemorates those fallen in the line of duty. It is a tree-lined walkway with rock markers along its edges leads to a fountain that trickles water into a pool in front a large curved memorial. The gently arching, white stone memorial bears the names of people killed in Arlington in the line of duty since 1930.
The following fallen officers are honored: James E. Johnson, Champ C. Barnes Sr., Gary D. Harl, Ronald B. Snow, Ronnie M. McAndrew, Jerry J. Crocker, Terry Lynn Lewis, Craig Michael Hanking, Joseph Thomas Cushman, and Richard G. Hosford Jr.
Heroes' Park was dedicated on May 17, 2008 and is is adjacent to the Arlington Police Department West Station, and near a fire training facility.