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Dallas County Sheriff

Honor 19


"This memorial stands to honor and remember the brave Deputy Sheriffs
who have paid the ultimate sacrifice in the protection of the citizens of Dallas County.

Each of these men and women exhibited the highest levels of courage, commitment,
and dedication while performing the duties of Deputy Sheriff.

They laid down their lives so that their fellow citizens live safely and without fear.

Let us never forget their names."

James McMahan
16-Jan-1871
Charles H. Nichols
20-Jan-1871
George V. Vise
5-June-1878
Addison C. Pate
9-Sept-1895
Thomas I. Woods
21-Dec-1922
Willis Glover Champion
9-Sept-1923
James C. Wright
28-Sept-1924
Thomas L. Noell
31-May-1928
James Willis Fuller
13-June-1932
Cecil Vincent Chapman
9-Sept-1934
Kassie Mae Chandler
15-Dec-1948
James Weldon Hill
9-Nov-1964
E.R. Walthers
10-Jan-1969
William Don Reese
15-Feb-1971
Samuel Garcia Infante Jr.
15-Feb-1971
Esteban Velasquez Jr.
24-Feb-1980
Ray Edward Kovar
20-June-1982
Suzanne Lee Kays
4-Jan-1989
  James Robert Allman
5-Aug-1995
 

Dallas County Sheriff's Honor Guard:

As members of the Dallas County Sheriff's Department Honor Guard, we serve the citizens of Dallas County, the State of Texas, and the United States of America as representatives of the department, reflecting honor, pride and service through our dedicated efforts.

Established in 1982, the Dallas County Sheriff's Department Honor Guard is the formal representative of the sheriff's department at all types of functions including funerals, parades, major league sporting events, peace officer memorial events and other special activities.

The officers who comprise the honor guard come from military and non-military backgrounds. Each officer must have a strong military bearing, discipline, and stamina that represent a professional appearance. Joining the honor guard is voluntary but very competitive. Training is conducted monthly. A special uniform is worn during these assignments.


James McMahon James McMahan
Dallas County Sheriff's Department Texas
End of Watch: Monday, January 16, 1871

Biographical Info:
Age: 27
Tour of Duty: 1 day
Badge Number: Not available

Incident Details:
Cause of Death: Gunfire
Date of Incident: Monday, January 16, 1871
Weapon Used: Handgun
Suspect Info: Not available

Deputy James McMahan and Deputy Charles Nichols were shot and killed while attempting to arrest a suspect. While the officers attempted to handcuff him he produced a handgun and shot both officers.

The suspect was one of two brothers known as the Younger Gang who shot and killed Deputy Edwin Daniels, of the St. Clair County, Missouri, Sheriff's Department, on March 17, 1874. The brother who murdered Deputy Nichols and Deputy McMahan was also shot and killed in the shootout. The Younger Gang was also connected to the death of Bureau of Indian Affairs Police Officer Frank West in 1886 by the husband of Bell Starr, an accomplice of the Younger Gang.

Deputy McMahan had served with the agency for one day. He was survived by his wife.

Charles H. Nichols Deputy Sheriff Charles H. Nichols
Dallas County Sheriff's Department Texas
End of Watch: Friday, January 20, 1871

Biographical Info:
Age: 30
Tour of Duty: Not available
Badge Number: Not available

Incident Details:
Cause of Death: Gunfire
Date of Incident: Monday, January 16, 1871
Weapon Used: Handgun
Suspect Info: Shot and killed

Deputy Charles Nichols and Deputy James McMahan were shot and killed while attempting to arrest a suspect. While the officers attempted to handcuff him he produced a handgun and shot both officers.

The suspect was one of two brothers known as the James-Younger Gang who shot and killed Deputy Edwin Daniels, of the St. Clair County, Missouri, Sheriff's Department, on March 17, 1874. The brother who murdered Deputy Nichols and Deputy McMahan was also shot and killed in the shootout. The James-Younger Gang was also connected to the death of Bureau of Indian Affairs Police Officer Frank West in 1886 by the husband of Bell Starr, an accomplice of the James-Younger Gang.

Deputy Nichols had served as a Confederate Officer in Civil War and is buried in Pioneer Cemetery, Dallas, Texas.

George V. Vise Deputy Sheriff George V. Vise
Dallas County Sheriff's Department Texas
End of Watch: Wednesday, June 5, 1878

Biographical Info:
Age: Not available
Tour of Duty: Not available
Badge Number: Not available

Incident Details:
Cause of Death: Drowned
Date of Incident: Wednesday, June 5, 1878
Weapon Used: Not available
Suspect Info: Not available

Deputy Vise drowned in a creek following a posse ride.

Addison C. Pate Deputy Addison C. Pate
Dallas County Sheriff's Department Texas
End of Watch: Monday, September 9, 1895

Biographical Info:
Age: 29
Tour of Duty: Not available
Badge Number: Not available

Incident Details:
Cause of Death: Gunfire
Date of Incident: Monday, September 9, 1895
Weapon Used: Handgun
Suspect Info: Apprehended

Joe Meeks notified the Sheriff Ben Cabell that two men had robbed his store and the men were walking towards Dallas. The Sheriff and one deputy waited at the railroad crossing over the Trinity River and Deputy Ad Pate and Mr. Meeks waited at the Trinity River wagon bridge. Mr. Meeks spotted the men and Deputy Pate approached on horseback. Both men opened fire with pistols and Deputy Pate returned fire. Deputy Pate was struck once in the chest and once in the hand. He died within minutes. The two men escaped. Lorin Cady was shot and died from his wounds two months later when Deputy U.S. Marshals attempted to arrest him in the Indian Territory. Lou Moore was later arrested and sentenced to life in prison. The conviction was later overturned and remanded for a new trial.

Deputy Pate was buried in an unmarked grave in the Oakland Cemetery in Dallas, Texas.

Thomas I. Woods Deputy Thomas I. Woods
Dallas County Sheriff's Department Texas
End of Watch: Thursday, December 21, 1922

Biographical Info:
Age: Not available
Tour of Duty: Not available
Badge Number: Not available

Incident Details:
Cause of Death: Gunfire
Date of Incident: Thursday, December 21, 1922
Weapon Used: Gun; Unknown type
Suspect Info: Not available

Deputy Woods was shot and killed in a gunfight between deputies and three suspects running a whiskey still. One suspect later shot and killed Deputy Willis Champion during an attempted jailbreak. He was later executed for the murders.

Deputy Woods had been with the agency for 10 years.

Willis Glover Champion Deputy Willis Glover Champion
Dallas County Sheriff's Department Texas
End of Watch: Wednesday, September 26, 1923

Biographical Info:
Age: Not available
Tour of Duty: Not available
Badge Number: Not available

Incident Details:
Cause of Death: Gunfire
Date of Incident: Not available
Weapon Used: Gun; Unknown type
Suspect Info: Not available

Deputy Champion was shot and killed as two prisoners, one of them a convicted cop-killer, attempted to escape from the jail. Deputy Champion was shot in the abdomen and knee and later succumbed to his injuries. One of the suspects was killed in the shootout and the other was later executed. The suspect who was executed had shot and killed Deputy Thomas Woods the previous year.

James C. Wright Deputy Sheriff James C. Wright
Dallas County Sheriff's Department Texas
End of Watch: Sunday, September 28, 1924

Biographical Info:
Age: 45
Tour of Duty: Not available
Badge Number: Not available

Incident Details:
Cause of Death: Automobile accident
Date of Incident: Sunday, August 31, 1924
Weapon Used: Automobile
Suspect Info: Not available

Deputy sheriffs James C. Wright, Lonnie Marshall and Edward Thompson were traveling by automobile to serve a search warrant for an illegal whiskey still in the Trinity River bottoms. Deputy Marshall was driving and Deputy Wright was the front seat passenger when their squad car struck another vehicle. Wright was thrown from the vehicle and suffered severe head injuries. Marshall received severe cuts on his head and arms and Thompson was uninjured. Wright died from his injuries on September 28, 1924.

Wright was survived by his wife, Bettie, his father, a brother and three sisters. He was buried in the Mesquite Cemetery.

Thomas L. (Tom) Noell Deputy Sheriff Thomas L. (Tom) Noell
Dallas County Sheriff's Department Texas
End of Watch: Thursday, May 31, 1928

Biographical Info:
Age: 46
Tour of Duty: Not available
Badge Number: Not available

Incident Details:
Cause of Death: Heart attack
Date of Incident: Thursday, May 31, 1928
Weapon Used: Not available
Suspect Info: Not available

About 1:00 a.m. Deputy Sheriff Tom Noell was dispatched to a disturbance at Bachman Dam. Deputy Noell never arrived at the disturbance and his body was found about 3:30 a.m. by a service station operator. Deputy Noell was slumped over the steering wheel. An inquest determined that he died of apoplexy (stroke).

At the time of his death Deputy Noell was serving as the bailiff in a state district court. He was survived by his wife, Emma Dee, and one son. He is buried in the Frankfort Cemetery in Collin County.

James Willis Fuller Deputy James Willis Fuller
Dallas County Sheriff's Department Texas
End of Watch: Monday, June 13, 1932

Biographical Info:
Age: 35
Tour of Duty: 14 years
Badge Number: Not available

Incident Details:
Cause of Death: Gunfire
Date of Incident: Saturday, June 11, 1932
Weapon Used: Shotgun
Suspect Info: Sentenced to 99 years in prison

Deputy James Fuller succumbed to a shotgun blast suffered two days earlier while investigating a burglary on a farm where guns, whiskey and tires had been stolen. While the deputies were inside the suspects returned looking for more items to steal. The suspects began firing into the house and struck Deputy Fuller in the head. The deputies returned fire and took the four suspects into custody.

Deputy Fuller had been with the agency for five months and had been with the Dallas Police Department for 13 years. He was survived by his wife and two sons and is buried at Grove Hill Cemetery in Dallas.

Cecil Vincent Chapman Deputy Sheriff Cecil Vincent Chapman
Dallas County Sheriff's Department Texas
End of Watch: Sunday, September 9, 1934

Biographical Info:
Age: Not available
Tour of Duty: Not available
Badge Number: Not available

Incident Details:
Cause of Death: Gunfire
Date of Incident: Sunday, September 9, 1934
Weapon Used: Gun; Unknown type
Suspect Info: Executed in 1935

Deputy Chapman was shot and killed while he and his partner were on a stakeout for two robbery suspects who had been robbing couples. The officers were sitting in their police car near Walnut Hill and Midway Road when the two suspects drove past them, turned around, and returned to the car. One of the suspects got out of the car and approached the officers with his gun drawn. A shootout ensued and Deputy Chapman and one of the suspects were both fatally wounded. The other officer was also wounded but able to take the second suspect into custody. That suspect was convicted of murder and executed in 1935.

Kassie Mae Chandler Police Matron Kassie Mae Chandler
Dallas County Sheriff's Department Texas
End of Watch: Wednesday, December 15, 1948

Biographical Info:
Age: 68
Tour of Duty: 10 years
Badge Number: Not available

Incident Details:
Cause of Death: Assault
Date of Incident: Wednesday, December 15, 1948
Weapon Used: Person
Suspect Info: Not available

Matron Kassie Chandler was beaten to death by two female inmates in a jail escape attempt.

Matron Chandler had served with the agency for 10 years. She was survived by her two daughters and two granddaughters.

James Weldon Hill Deputy Sheriff James Weldon Hill
Dallas County Sheriff's Department Texas
End of Watch: Monday, November 9, 1964

Biographical Info:
Age: 25
Tour of Duty: Not available
Badge Number: Not available

Incident Details:
Cause of Death: Gunfire
Date of Incident: Monday, November 9, 1964
Weapon Used: Rifle; .30-.30
Suspect Info: Committed suicide

Deputy James Hill was shot and killed when he and his partner, Troy McKenzie, responded to a call involving a suicidal man on Ard Road. The man was reportedly holding a woman and her children hostage and was threatening to kill himself. As the deputies approached the building the suspect opened fire with a .30-.30 rifle through the bedroom window, striking Deputy Hill in the chest and ankle. Deputy Hill was transported to Baylor Hospital where he succumbed to his wounds.

The suspect was found dead by a self-inflicted gunshot wound.

Deputy Hill was survived by his wife and two children (one born after the murder). He was buried at the Mount Calm Cemetery, Mount Calm, Texas.

E. R. Walthers Deputy Sheriff E. R. Walthers
Dallas County Sheriff's Department Texas
End of Watch: Friday, January 10, 1969

Biographical Info:
Age: 40
Tour of Duty: 13 years
Badge Number: Not available

Incident Details:
Cause of Death: Gunfire
Date of Incident: Friday, January 10, 1969
Weapon Used: Gun; Unknown type
Suspect Info: Shot and wounded

Deputy Walthers was shot and killed while he and another deputy attempted to arrest an escaped Georgia convict. The two deputies had entered the suspect's motel room and had allowed the suspect and his female companion to get dressed. As they did so the suspect produced a .38 caliber revolver and opened fire. During the ensuing struggle Deputy Walthers was fatally shot in the chest and second deputy was shot in the hand and foot. The other deputy was able to return fire and wound the suspect. Both the suspect and the woman were arrested about three hours later.

Deputy Walthers had been with the agency for 13 years and was survived by his wife and three children. Deputy Walthers played a prominent role in the investigation of Lee Harvey Oswald following the murder of President John F. Kennedy.

Samuel Garcia Infante, Jr. Deputy Sheriff Samuel Garcia Infante, Jr.
Dallas County Sheriff's Department Texas
End of Watch: Monday, February 15, 1971

Biographical Info:
Age: 32
Tour of Duty: Not available
Badge Number: Not available

Incident Details:
Cause of Death: Gunfire
Date of Incident: Monday, February 15, 1971
Weapon Used: Gun; Unknown type
Suspect Info: Apprehended

Deputy Infante, Deputy William Reese, and Deputy Arthur Robertson, of the Ellis County Sheriff's Department, were shot and killed after being abducted while conducting a burglary investigation.

Deputy Reese and Deputy Infante were backing up Deputy Robertson at the home of one of the suspects. Five deputies were abducted and taken to the Trinity River. The three deputies killed, were shot execution style. A fourth Dallas County deputy was able to escape and get help. The fifth deputy was shot in the chest, but survived. All of the suspects were apprehended.

William Don Reese Deputy Sheriff William Don Reese
Dallas County Sheriff's Department Texas
End of Watch: Monday, February 15, 1971

Biographical Info:
Age: Not available
Tour of Duty: Not available
Badge Number: Not available

Incident Details:
Cause of Death: Gunfire
Date of Incident: Monday, February 15, 1971
Weapon Used: Gun; Unknown type
Suspect Info: Apprehended

Deputy William Reese, Deputy Samuel Infante, and Deputy Arthur Robertson, of the Ellis County Sheriff's Department, were shot and killed after being abducted while conducting a burglary investigation.

Deputy Reese and Deputy Infante were backing up Deputy Robertson at the home of one of the suspects. The three were abducted, taken to the Trinity River and were shot execution style. Another Ellis County deputy was able to escape and get help. All of the suspects were apprehended.

Esteban Velasquez, Jr. Deputy Sheriff Esteban Velasquez, Jr.
Dallas County Sheriff's Department Texas
End of Watch: Sunday, February 24, 1980

Biographical Info:
Age: 53
Tour of Duty: 15 years
Badge Number: Not available

Incident Details:
Cause of Death: Heart attack
Date of Incident: Friday, February 22, 1980
Weapon Used: Person
Suspect Info: Not available

Deputy Velasquez suffered a fatal heart attack shortly after he and his partner struggled with a suspect. They were attempting to arrest a person on a mental illness warrant. After the heart attack, he was transported to Parkland Hospital, where he suffered a second heart attack two days later and died.

Deputy Velasquez had served with the agency for 15 years. He was survived by his wife and son.

Ray Edward Kovar Deputy Sheriff Ray Edward Kovar
Dallas County Sheriff's Department Texas
End of Watch: Sunday, June 20, 1982

Biographical Info:
Age: 34
Tour of Duty: 8 years
Badge Number: Not available

Incident Details:
Cause of Death: Gunfire
Date of Incident: Sunday, June 20, 1982
Weapon Used: Handgun; .38 caliber
Suspect Info: Executed in 1998

Deputy Kovar was shot and killed while he and his partner responded to a call for assistance on a prowler call at a business. Upon their arrival the officers split up and Deputy Kovar headed towards the back of the building. As he approached an air conditioning unit he observed someone crouching behind it. He ordered the suspect to stand up at which point shots were fired and Deputy Kovar was struck in the chest by a .38 caliber handgun. He was able to return fire and wound the suspect in the hand. The suspect fled the scene but was later arrested. The man was convicted of capital murder and executed in 1998.

Deputy Kovar had been with the agency for eight years but had only recently transferred from the detention unit to the patrol division. He was survived by his wife.

Suzanne Lee Kays Deputy Sheriff Suzanne Lee Kays
Dallas County Sheriff's Department Texas
End of Watch: Wednesday, January 4, 1989

Biographical Info:
Age: 33
Tour of Duty: 4 years
Badge Number: Not available

Incident Details:
Cause of Death: Gunfire
Date of Incident: Wednesday, January 4, 1989
Weapon Used: Officer's handgun
Suspect Info: Found incompetent

Deputy Kays was shot and killed with her own weapon after being attacked by a homeless man who had just been released from jail. Deputy Kays was escorting the man from the Lew Sterrett Justice Center when he suddently turned and punched her, knocking her to the ground. He continued to strike her on the ground and took her gun while they struggled. He then shot and killed her before he ran towards the booking area where he was confronted by several Dallas Police officers who ordered him to drop the gun. When he refused he was shot in the legs and groin by an officer with a shotgun. He was found incompetent to stand trial and sent to a Texas mental institution.

Deputy Kays had graduated from her academy class only one week before the incident and was on her second shift. She had been in law enforcement for four years.

James Robert Allman Deputy James Robert Allman
Dallas County Sheriff's Departmet Texas
End of Watch: Saturday, August 5, 1995

Biographical Info:
Age: 30
Tour of Duty: 12 years
Badge Number: 368

Incident Details:
Cause of Death: Automobile accident
Date of Incident: Saturday, August 5, 1995
Weapon Used: Not available
Suspect Info: Not available

Deputy Allman was killed in aGe single vehicle accident while responding to a call of a suspicious person at approximately 0135 hours. During the response Deputy Allman's cruiser went out of control and struck a tree. He was killed instantly upon impact. A passerby used the radio in Deputy Allman's cruiser to call for help.

Deputy Allman had served in law enforcement for 12 years. He was survived by his wife and two sons.