BUTLER  COUNTY,  KANSAS


Butler  County  Law  Enforcement  Killed  in  the  Line  of  Duty
(For more information about the incidents, click on the Officer's name)
 

Constable  William  Thomas  Cody

Butler County Sheriff's Office, Kansas

EOW, Tuesday, June 2, 1885

Cause of Death: Gunfire

Constable Cody was shot and killed in the line of duty while serving as constable in Beaumont. A $950 reward was put up for information leading the arrest of the suspect.


Undersheriff  Forrest  E.  Richards

Butler County Sheriff's Office, Kansas

EOW: Sunday, September 23, 1962

Cause of Death: Heart Attack

Age: 54

Undersheriff Richards suffered a fatal heart attack while chasing a drunk driver on foot. Undersheriff Richards had just arrested the man when the suspect fled. After chasing him approximately 100 feet Undersheriff Richards collapsed.


Sergeant  Stephen  L.  Hopper

Butler County Sheriff's Office, Kansas

EOW: Saturday, May 19, 1979

Cause of Death: Automobile Accident

Age: 26

Sergeant Hopper was killed in an automobile accident while responding to a domestic disturbance call.


Sergeant  Alvin  T.  Wolf,  Jr.

Butler County Sheriff's Office, Kansas

EOW: Monday, April 19, 1982

Cause of Death: Vehicle pursuit

Age: 29

Sergeant Wolf was killed when his patrol car was intentionally struck by a tractor trailer that was being pursued by other officers for a series of hit and run accidents. Sergeant Wolf passed the truck with the intention of getting in front of it and slowing it down. The truck struck his patrol car several times and the bumpers became locked together. The vehicles left the roadway and struck a house, killing Sergeant Wolf instantly.

Somebody killed a policeman today
And a part of America died….
A piece of our country he swore to protect
Will be buried with him at his side
The beat that he walked was a battlefield, too,
Just as if he had gone off to war;
Though the flag of our nation won't fly at half-mast
To his name they will add a gold star.
The suspect that shot him will stand up in court
With counsel demanding his rights.
While a young, widowed mother must work for her kids
And spend many long, lonely nights.
Yes, somebody killed a policeman today…
Maybe in your town or mine,
While we slept in comfort behind our locked doors A copy put his life on the line.
Now his ghost walks the beat on a dark city street,
And he stands at each new rookie's side:
He answered the call….  of himself he gave his all, And a part of America died….
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