Tulsa Police Department honors fallen heroes

The Tulsa Police Officers’ Memorial was held Saturday.

TULSA, Okla. — Since 1917, the Tulsa Police Department said 41 police officers have been killed in the line of duty.

On Friday, more than 100 people gathered at the Tulsa Police Officers’ Memorial at the Tulsa Police Training Division for a candlelight vigil honoring those 41 Tulsa Police Officers.

The Tulsa Police Officers’ Memorial was held Saturday.

On Saturday, many more gathered for a memorial service recognizing the Officers and their families.

Mayor GT Bynum and Deputy Chief Jonathan Brooks spoke, and the office of Gov. Kevin Stitt issued a proclamation recognizing the memorial event.

The ceremony happens every year in the spring. This year, we’d like to recognize the milestones of the passing of three officers.

This year marks 100 years since the death of Bicycle Officer Robert Donnelly. In 1922, the City of Tulsa only had Bicycle Officers due to funding. The Officers would bike dozens of miles across the city every day, even conducting traffic stops with motor vehicles. On Feb. 26th, 1922, Officer Donnelly stopped a driver suspected of driving under the influence. The driver shot Officer Donnelly in the chest, and he later died.

This year also marks 40 years since the deaths of Officer Chance Whiteman III and Officer Kelly Smythe. Both Officers died in a helicopter crash while assisting ground units with a pursuit. The helicopter program at the time was only 10 days old.

For those we’ve lost, we acknowledge the cost, we recognize the sacrifice, and we are forever grateful for their service.