True Heroines
Police Women Killed in the Line of Duty Throughout the United States 1916-1999

by Dr. William Wilbanks
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Summary of 138 Cases In True Heroines...

1. Anna Hart 1916 Hamilton Co. OH matron killed by inmate in escape attempt
2. Mary T. Davis 1924 Wilmington DE matron beaten by female inmate in jail escape
3. Pearl Lanham 1930 Gary IN policewoman struck by car as she helped  children cross a street
4. G. Sharrot 1937 Minneapolis MN officer struck by car as she crossed a street
5. Kassie Chandler 1948 Dallas Co TX deputy & jail matron beaten by two female juvenile inmates in escape attempt
6. Sophia Wooster 1952 Osceola County MI Undersherrif & her husband (sheriff) killed in traffic accident
7. Stella Donahue 1957 Philadelphia PA officer killed in traffic accident  when she lost control & hit tree
8. Lucille Helm 1959 Madera County CA matron killed in auto accident while transporting inmates
9. Kathleen Reilly 1967 Nassau County NY Det. struck by auto as she assisted disabled motorist
10. Phyllis Myers 1970 Niagara County NY matron beaten by inmates during jail escape
11. Alice Moran 1971 Josephine County OR matron killed in airplane crash while transporting witnesses for trial
12. Marta Shanaman 1971 Detroit MI matron shot & killed by inmates during jail escape
13. Gail Cobb 1974 Washington DC officer shot & killed by fleeing bank robber
14. Pat Scully 1976 CA Parks & Recreation ranger hit by drunk driver while on patrol
15. J. Badavinac 1977 Itasca County MN deputy died of heart attack on-duty while responding to a fire
16. Gwen Downs 1977 Louisville KY officer shot & killed by her off-duty  police officer husband (who committed suicide)
17. Karen Bassford 1977 Fairfax County VA officer killed in auto accident as she responded to a burglary call
18. Linda Lawrence 1977 Baton Rouge City LA officer shot and killed with her own gun during an arrest attempt
19. Pauline Stewart 1977 WV Div. of Corrections parole officer stabbed by  parolee at his home
20. Frances Galvin 1979 CO State Patrol trooper struck by auto as she investigated a traffic accident
21. Luella Holloway 1980 Coalinga CA Chief killed in airplane crash with her husband on return from training session
22. J. Jacobus 1980 Monterey County CA deputy killed by drunk drive driver as she sped to burglary call
23. Julie Cross 1980 U.S. Secret Service special agent shot & killed in CA during stakeout--killer sentenced to death
24. Kathleen Garcia 1981 Denver CO officer shot & killed by neighbor as she arrived at her home in her cruiser
25. Connie Worland 1981 Los Angeles County CA deputy accidentally shot & killed by her partner during call
26. Donna Payant 1981 NY Corrections officer strangled to death by an inmate who was sentenced to death
27. Debra Sue Corr 1981 Aurora CO officer shot and killed during a traffic stop
28. F. VanArsdell 1981 Tulsa OK officer killed in auto accident by a drunk driver
29. Mary McCord 1982 Montgomery AL det. shot & killed by a drug dealer during an arrest
30. Vicki DeVries 1982 MI State Police trooper killed in single-car auto accident in Detroit suburb
31. Cheryl Seiden 1982 Metro-Dade FL deputy shot during robbery as she attempted an arrest
32. K. Schaefer 1982 Houston TX officer shot during a drug raid by a fellow officer who mistook her for a drug suspect
33. Frankie Shivers 1982 Hollywood FL officer shot by suicidal woman she was trying to rescue from burning auto
34. Frieda King 1983 IL prison kitchen supervisor stabbed to death by an inmate who was sentenced to death
35. Sandra Griffin 1983 Philadelphia PA officer killed in an on-duty auto accident
36. Sharon Moore 1983 Franklin County OH Lt. and her husband were shot by her ex-husband who committed suicide
37. Mary Ann Barker 1983 Americus GA officer killed in auto accident while on way to training class
38. Joanne Couzynse 1983 Jefferson Parish LA deputy struck by hit-and-run drunk driver as she stood on road
39. Dorelle Brandon 1984 Chicago IL officer accidently shot & killed by her partner during a drug sting
40. Patricia Ross 1984 Kentucky prison food service instructor beaten to death by inmate who was sentenced to death
41. Sharon Robinson 1984 Birmingham AL officer killed in auto accident while speeding to burglary call
42. D. Tomlinson 1984 Pawtucket RI officer killed in auto accident during high speed pursuit
43. K. Tonahill 1984 San Diego CA officer shot and killed while issuing a citation in a park
44. Irma Lozada 1984 NYC Transit officer shot and killed while chasing robbery suspect
45. Margaret Park 1984 FL Game & Fish officer shot & killed during arrest attempt, killer sentenced to death
46. J. Sherrill 1984 Hattiesburg MS Sgt. shot by a suspect who was being arrested, killer sentenced to death
47. Deanna Rose 1984 Overland Park KS officer run over by a drunk driver she had stopped
48. Abigail Powlett 1985 Plainfield NJ officer shot & killed by a man who took her hostage--assailant killed at scene
49. Minnie Houston 1985 TX Corrections officer stabbed to death by an inmate who was sentenced to death
50. Robin Ahrens 1985 FBI agent shot by fellow agents who mistook her for a "hostile" during an arrest attempt in AZ
51. Alma Walters 1985 Meridian MS officer shot & killed on a domestic call by man later sentenced to death
52. Kelly Ann Bazer 1986 San Diego County CA deputy shot & killed by fleeing armed robbers
53. Carey Poetzman 1986 MD State Police trooper killed in crash of trooper helicopter
54. Maureen Murphy 1986 Bonner Springs KS officer shot in cruiser by "sniper" who later committed suicide
55. M. Callanan 1986 Nassau County NY corrections officer killed in a traffic accident while transporting inmates
56. Tammy Aamodt 1987 U.S. Immigration & Nat. inspector killed in auto accident while attending Academy
57. J. McCallum 1987 MI corrections officer stabbed to death by an inmate who was sentenced to life in prison
58. Maria Groves 1987 Houston TX officer was struck and killed by drunk driver while setting out flares on road
59. Donna M. Miller 1987 Hillsborough CO FL deputy killed in auto accident as she sped to call
60. Elizabeth Cobb 1987 AL trooper shot & killed on-duty by boyfriend and fellow trooper who was sentenced to death
61. Patricia Quinn 1987 Washington Township NJ officer died of injuries received during boxing exercise at Academy
62. Linda G. Smith 1987 Detroit MI officer killed in an auto accident as she sped to a crime scene
63. J. Vanderveer 1987 Burleson TX officer struck and killed as she lay out flares at an accident scene
64. Mary C. Mohr 1988 Vilas CO WI deputy killed in an auto accident while transporting prisoners
65. J. Engelhardt 1988 Lansing MI officer shot & killed while investigating the theft of a sled
66. Helen Cardwell 1988 Chicago IL officer was killed in on-duty auto accident
67. Wendy Everett 1988 OH Highway Patrol trooper struck and killed by a  hit-and-run driver as she stood by freeway
68. J. Vernon 1988 VA State Police trooper struck and killed by a Metro bus as she directed traffic on Beltway
69. K. Briscoe 1988 Jefferson Parish LA deputy accidentally shot herself in the head while assisting another officer
70. Irma C. Ruiz 1988 Chicago IL officer shot & killed at a school by a "mass" killer who was killed at scene
71. Doreen McCumber 1988 Chatham County GA officer struck and killed while directing traffic
72. P. Calderon 1988 San Antonio TX officer drowned in a creek during foot chase of fugitive
73. Suzanne Kays 1989 Dallas County TX deputy shot & killed at jail by a man who refused to leave jail lobby
74. Mary Monaghan 1989 US Fish & Wildlife agent killed in a pedestrian accident in downtown D.C.
75. Lisa Sandel 1989 Dallas TX officer killed in auto accident during high speed pursuit of auto thief
76. Thompson-Bowman 1989 Columbus OH officer shot while serving a warrant on drug den (she died 8 years later)
77. Vikki Hubbard 1989 Detroit MI officer killed in auto accident during high-speed pursuit of auto thief
78. Rosemary May 1989 Los Angeles County CA deputy killed in auto accident by man who ran stop sign
79. D. McMenamin 1989 WI State Patrol trooper struck by hit-and-run driver while standing by road
80. Susan Wells 1989 Shreveport LA Cpl. killed when a car driving the wrong way hit her unmarked car head-on
81. Beverly Taylor 1990 OH prison teacher stabbed by inmate who was sentenced to life
82. Janet Rogers 1990 Big Horn CO deputy shot & killed by a fleeing bank robber who was shot & killed at the scene
83. C. Cipriani 1990 El Paso County CO Lt. was found shot to death in her home--her husband (a trooper) was suspect
84. Shirley Winston 1990 Columbus GA officer shot by her partner when his shotgun accidently discharged during struggle
85. JoAnn Liscombe 1991 St. Louis County MO officer fatally shot by a pedestrian she stopped for questioning
86. Tina Kerbrat 1991 Los Angeles CA officer shot & killed by a drunken illegal immigrant who was killed at the scene
87. Nancy Nichols 1991 Naugatuck CN officer struck & killed by auto as she stood by road during traffic stop
88. Sandra Robbins 1991 South Houston TX officer struck at intersection by an ambulance rushing to emergency
89. Debra Tison 1991 FL Div. of Alc. & Tob agent struck and killed by a drunk driver (an off-duty officer)
90. Sandra Wilson 1991 Miller County MO deputy shot & killed by a "mass killer" who was later sentenced to death
91. Anita Pospisil 1992 Palm Beach CO FL deputy killed in auto accident when her cruiser was hit by a truck
92. Victoria Chavez 1992 Farmington NM Community Service Officer shot and killed while making a "vacation check"
93. Kimberly Hurd 1992 FL Highway Patrol trooper struck by a hit-and-run drunk driver
94. M.T. Johnson 1992 New York City NY officer shot & killed during a robbery
95. Betty Smothers 1993 Baton Rouge LA Cpl. shot making a night deposit at a bank---two men were sentenced to death
96. Jean Daugharty 1993 Lake County FL deputy killed in auto accident while speeding to a call
97. Connie Hawkins 1993 Chester PA officer shot & killed on domestic call by man who was sentenced to death
98.Diaz-Encarnacion 1993 Puerto Rico officer shot as she tried to stop an intruder who was firing at her family
99. Teresa Hawkins 1993 Indianapolis IN officer struck & killed by a drunk driver
100. Becky Dwojeski 1993 D.E.A. agent killed in VA in a traffic accident when logs fell off lumber truck, crushing her
101. Evelyn Gort 1993 Metro-Dade FL deputy shot & killed during an armed robbery when she attempted arrest
102. Lynette Hodge 1993 N. Miami FL Sgt. killed in auto accident as she rushed to aide a fellow officer
103. Robin Arnold 1994 Manistee County MI det. killed in auto accident on icy road
104. C.L. Hamilton 1994 Los Angeles CA officer shot & killed from ambush by youth who committed suicide at scene
105. Beth Haynes 1994 Boulder CO officer shot & killed during domestic call by man who committed suicide at the scene
106. M. Thompson 1994 D.E.A. agent killed in a plane crash in Peru during a reconnaissance drug flight
107. Lori Thomas 1994 OK Alc. Bev. agent killed when her vehicle was struck by a car fleeing the Durant police
108. M. Martinez 1994 FBI agent killed at D.C. HQ by a gunman who was killed at scene by other officers
109. C. Crawford 1995 Monroe CO NY deputy died in 1995 of complications from an injury received at the jail in 1993
110. Cynthia Brown 1995   1995  US Secret Serv agent one of 168 victims of the OK City bombing---McVeigh sent to death
111. Sharon Alston 1995 NC State Bureau of Investigation agent killed in on-duty single-car accident
112. Denise Holden 1995 Raleigh NC officer killed in auto accident as she sped to aide another officer in trouble
113. Lindora Smith 1995 Detroit MI officer killed in auto accident during high speed pursuit of speeder
114. Dawn Erickson 1995 Houston TX officer struck and killed while directing traffic at a church
115. Lauretha Vaird 1996 Philadelphia PA officer shot when she interrupted a bank robbery, killer was sentenced to death
116. Sandra Wagner 1996 DE State Police trooper killed in an auto accident by a truck as she made U-turn onto freeway
117. Stacia Alyea 1996 Shelby County IN deputy killed in auto accident during high speed chase of drunk driver
118. P. Harness 1996 Philadelphia PA officer killed during an accidental fall at the Airport
119. Sherry Goodman 1996 Shelby County TN deputy shot & killed by man she was transporting to jail in her cruiser
120. Ineasie Baker 1996 CA Youth Authority counselor choked & stabbed to death by an inmate
121. Noreen Vargas 1996 CA Highway Patrol trooper killed in auto accident on freeway when truck tire hit her vehicle
122. S.A. Jenkins 1997 OH corrections officer died of a heart attack shortly after helping to restrain an inmate
123. Lucy E. Colon 1997 Puerto Rico officer hit & killed by a drunk driver at the site of another auto accident
124. Mylene Zalar 1997 CA corrections officer killed in auto accident while transporting inmates
125. E. Morgenroth 1997 Sacramento CA officer killed when her police cruiser was hit by a drunk driver
126. Erin M. Hehl 1997 IL State Police trooper killed in helicopter crash in Chicago
127. Jessica Cheney 1998 VA State Police trooper killed in traffic accident as she stood by roadside
128. Colleen Waibel 1998 Portland OR officer shot & killed during drug raid, killer committed suicide in jail
129. Rebecca Shaw 1998 Harris CO TX deputy struck & killed by train as she crossed tracks in cruiser
130. E. Todecheene 1998 Navajo AZ officer killed in auto accident while responding to assist another officer
131. Linda Huff 1998 Idaho State Police trooper shot & killed in shootout at police HQ
132.Susan Rodriguez 1998 U.S. Border Patrol agent was shot from ambush in TX by fugitive who was killed at scene
133.Claire Connelly 1998 Riverside CA officer killed by drunk driver as she stood at another accident site
134. Lisa Whitney 1998 Ventura CO CA dep struck & killed by drunk driver in auto accident caused by disabled signal
135.Frances Stanton 1998 Bradshaw WV Chief shot & killed at HQ by man she had arrested
136. Regina Nickles 1998 Harrodsburg KY officer shot & killed investigating suspicious person in parking lot
137. Milagros Perez 1998 Puerto Rico Sgt. mistaken as killer and shot in the street standing over victim
138. Sandra Larson 1998 Sacramento CA deputy killed in auto accident while transporting prisoners

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