Huntsville Police honor fallen officers during memorial service


HUNTSVILLE, Ala. – Huntsville Police honored all the department’s officers who have lost their lives in the line of duty as part of an annual memorial service on Friday.

The event, held in honor of National Police Week, was slated to take place earlier this year but was pushed due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

“Although no ceremony or memorial will ever ease the pain the survivors of these fallen officers feel, we hope this service fills their hearts knowing their hero will never be forgotten,” said Huntsville Police Chief Mark McMurray.

The fallen officers honored were:

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

The department’s memorial was built by the Huntsville Police Citizens Foundation, a non-profit funded by citizens and businesses in the community. They provide assistance to HPD families during emergencies.

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