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May 7, 2014

Seven officers to be added to memorial

Two hundred and eighty-six names were recently engraved on the National Law Enforcement Officer’s Memorial in Washington, D.C. The names will be dedicated during the annual Candle Light Vigil on Tuesday evening. Seven of those listed are law enforcement officers who died in the line of duty in Oklahoma

Those seven officers from Oklahoma are:

• George Smith, Deputy Sheriff of Grant County who was shot and killed the evening of May 26, 1901, as he happened upon a fight between two men. One man dropped his gun. As deputy Smith bent over to retrieve it he was shot by the other man. His killer was lynched that evening.

• L. C. Hughes, City Marshal of Mills Creek in Johnston County who died just after midnight Nov. 20, 1904, when his deputy’s gun fell from its holster, discharged and struck Hughes in the stomach.

• William C. Temple, Anadarko Chief of Police who was shot and killed about 9:30 p.m. Nov. 12, 1910, when he attempted to stop a man involved in a disturbance.

• Mayra Ramirez-Barreto, an agent with the Puerto Rico Department of Justice and Eliezer Colon-Claussells, a correctional officer with the Puerto Rico Department of Corrections were killed in a head-on traffic accident about 5:30 a.m. Jan. 10, 2013, near Stillwater while en route to the Cimarron Prison facility to extradite three prisoners back to Puerto Rico.

• Douglas L. Hanna, a Washita County Deputy Sheriff, was killed in a traffic accident en route to a call near Corn about 12:10 a.m. April 21, 2013, when a pickup ran a stop sign and struck Hanna’s vehicle.

• David E. Allford, Okfuskee County Deputy Sheriff, was killed about 4:20 p.m. Sept. 11, 2013, when a tire blew out on his Chevy Tahoe patrol unit on I-40 west of Okemah near mile marker 218 causing the unit to flip twice, ejecting him.

For information on these seven officers and the other more than 750 who have died in the line of duty in Oklahoma go to www.oklemem.com.

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