HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) — Huntsville Police (HPD) honored its 12 fallen officers on Tuesday as part of National Police Week.

The Fallen Officer Memorial Service was be held on Tuesday, May 17 at 11 a.m. in front of the memorial at 815 Wheeler Avenue. The service honored the department’s 12 officers who died in the line of service.

The 12 HPD officers honored included:

  • Officer William J. Street – End of Watch, Monday, Oct. 8, 1883
  • Officer Frank McKissack – End of Watch, Friday, May 26, 1916
  • Officer Ewell B. Starr – End of Watch, Saturday, Dec. 5, 1953
  • Officer Alan S. Logel, Jr. – End of Watch, Monday, Nov. 19, 1956
  • Officer Charles E. Drake, Jr. – End of Watch, Monday, July 23, 1962
  • Officer Preston R. Butler – End of Watch, Friday, June 3, 1966
  • Officer William T. Gaskin – End of Watch, Tuesday, Aug. 27, 1968
  • Officer Billy Fred Clardy, Jr. – End of Watch, Wednesday, May 3, 1978
  • Officer Daniel Howard Golden – End of Watch, Monday, Aug. 29, 2005
  • Officer William Eric Freeman – End of Watch, Saturday, Dec. 15, 2007
  • Officer Keith O’Neal Earle – End of Watch, Monday, April 9, 2018
  • Agent Billy Fred Clardy III – End of Watch, Friday, Dec. 6, 2019

The monument to the fallen officers was built by the Huntsville Police Citizens Foundation, a nonprofit that provides assistance HPD officers’ families during emergencies.

“By being here today we ensure that we remember their names and the sacrifices they made for each of us,” Chief Kirk Giles said. “We show our appreciation for their heroism and we must remember that public safety, freedom and prosperity comes with a high price.”

The event was attended by Giles, HPD command staff, Mayor Tommy Battle, members of the HPCF, State Rep. Rex Reynolds, and members of the Huntsville City Council.