ARDMORE, Okla. (KXII) Soon, every fallen officer in Ardmore will be honored for paying the ultimate sacrifice.
A headstone clean project led by the local Fraternal Order of Police(FOP) is in the works to honor every Ardmore police officers who were killed in the line of duty.
A headstone clean project led by the local Fraternal Order of Police, FOP, is in the works to honor every Ardmore police officers who were killed in the line of duty.
Most are buried in Ardmore cemeteries, and an Ardmore man has been helping FOP before the projected kicked off a few weeks ago.
"They have Veteran's day, they need to have a law enforcement day too,” said Charles Denison.
Denison said he walks the Rose Hill and Hillcrest cemeteries for exercise, and after doing research on the fallen officers, the 67-year-old wanted to do something about it.
"So, were going to go as a lodge as fraternal policemen and try and go out and clean up these gravesites and re-level the headstones,” said Admore Police Officer Jake Glazner.
Officer Glazner said the project is to commemorate the nine Ardmore fallen officers, eight of which in the line of duty.
Glazner said the list goes as far back to 1908.
"They didn't necessarily wear this uniform,” Glazner said. “But they worked for worked for Ardmore Police department, they walked the same street drive down every day and a lot of them worked out of the same building we're standing in right now."
Denison said he and a friend wanted to help and found half of the officers’ graves at Rose Hill and Hillcrest cemetery.
"These guys were to go out every day and putting their lives on the line. For you and I and the community of Ardmore,” said Denison.
Denison said he grew up around two of the officers. Assistant Chief of Police, Oscar Wilkes and Patrolman, Herbert Poe. Poe was Denison's classmate at Jefferson Elementary School in Ardmore.
“He was a pretty good guy,” Denison said, “we would play together, had fun together, went to Jefferson and played football together."
Glazner said they’re planning on giving every officer a new memorial marker with their name, age and end of watch date.
"That's just a good idea to do it for them for what they put their life through doing it,” said Denison.
Glazner said the marks are scheduled to be made and will near the graves in January.