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2018 Knoxville-Knox County Peace Officers Memorial Service

Tuesday, 15 May 2018

The annual Knoxville-Knox County Peace Officers Memorial Service will be held on Friday, May 18th at 10:00 a.m. at the Civic Coliseum. All law enforcement agencies from the Knoxville area will remember the service of peace officers who passed away from May 2017 until the present. Families of the officers will be escorted to a memorial wreath where they will place a flower in memory of their loved ones, and a special message will be delivered by THP Sergeant Lowell Russell.

This year, we will honor the following officers:

Special Agent Robert E. Houser, FBI

Special Agent Ralph Perrigo, FBI

Lieutenant T. Michael Cheaves, KCSO

Captain Billy R. Cowden, KCSO

Dasko, KCSO

Corrections Officer Douglas Dean Dozier, KCSO

Corrections Officer Paul Edward “Eddie” McMillan, KCSO

Sergeant Terry L. Montgomery, KCSO

Officer Chester Alan VanWinkle, KCSO

Deputy Chief Rudy G. Bradley, Sr., KPD

Officer Arthur Kelly Byrd, Jr., KPD

Captain Clyde E. Hall, Sr., KPD

Officer Barry L. Hill, KPD

Lieutenant Kenneth C. Milligan, KPD

Investigator Thomas M. Pressley, KPD

Deputy Chief John Dennis “J.D.” Price, Jr., KPD

Officer Edd W. Stair, KPD (also served as Captain for KCSO)

Officer Larry F. Vineyard, KPD

Sergeant Joe Creekmore, THP

Sergeant Fred Hillis, THP

Lieutenant Harold Strunk, THP

Lieutenant Geddes M. Attaway, UTPD

Captain Harold James Underwood, Sr. UTPD

This is a truly collaborative effort with all the law enforcement agencies from Knoxville-Knox County participating in the program: Knox County Sheriff’s Office, Knoxville Police Department, University of Tennessee Police, University of Tennessee Medical Center Police, Tennessee Highway Patrol, TBI, FBI, and support from the Fraternal Order of Police Volunteer Lodge Number 2.

Nationally, May 15th is designated National Peace Officers’ Memorial Day and the week containing May 15th is National Police Week.  President John F. Kennedy signed it into law in 1962.



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