Memorial service in Norman will honor fallen officers

A memorial service for area law enforcement officers who were killed or died in the line of duty will be at 2 p.m. Friday in front of the Norman police headquarters.
FROM STAFF REPORTS Published: May 17, 2012
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— A memorial service honoring area law enforcement officers who were killed or died in the line of duty will be at 2 p.m. Friday in front of the police headquarters.

The public ceremony is held annually as a part of National Peace Officers Memorial Week.

Seven local officers who died in the line of duty will be honored Friday:

• Norman police officer Jerry Bratcher was killed in a traffic accident Nov. 24, 1963, returning home from a police investigation.

• Norman patrolman Melvin Miner was killed July 30, 1972, in a gunbattle with a murder suspect.

• Norman Sgt. Dale DeBerry died Dec. 1, 1998, of a heart attack during a police training routine.

• Cleveland County sheriff's deputy William Abbott was shot Feb. 14, 1912, while he was serving a warrant. He died Feb. 17, 1912.

• Cleveland County sheriff's deputy Grover Fulkerson was shot and killed Aug. 24, 1917, after making a traffic stop of someone suspected of bootlegging.

• Former Cleveland County sheriff's office dispatcher Rona Chafey was killed in the April 19, 1995, bombing of the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building in Oklahoma City. Chafey died while working for the U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency.

• U.S. Customs Service agent and former Norman resident Claude Medearis was also among those killed in the April 19, 1995, bombing.



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