Officers Dean and Murphy

Officer Christopher M. Dean, pictured on left, was shot and killed on January 22, 1926 while checking on four suspicious men in his beat. Officer W. F. “Happy” Murphy, pictured on right, a motorcycle traffic officer, was shot and killed on October 18, 1929 after stopping a speeding vehicle on Broad Street near Conti Street.

MOBILE, Ala. (WALA) – Two police officers killed in the line of duty during the 1920s finally have markers on their graves.

A dedication ceremony will be held at Magnolia Cemetery, 1202 Virginia Street, on at 4 p.m. today.

Officer Christopher M. Dean was shot and killed on January 22, 1926 while checking on four suspicious men in his beat. Officer Dean suffered multiple gunshot wounds. He never had the chance to draw his own weapon. 

Officer W. F. “Happy” Murphy, a motorcycle traffic officer, was shot and killed on October 18, 1929 after stopping a speeding vehicle on Broad Street near Conti Street. The vehicle was later found in Picayune, Mississippi and turned out to be stolen. 

The Mobile Police Department says the officers’ families were never able to afford grave markers. Upon a request made by the Family of the Fallen, Pine Crest Funeral Home donated the markers for both fallen officers’ graves. And, Friends of Magnolia Cemetery waived the usual fee to install the markers.  

The nephew of Officer Dean plans to attend the dedication ceremony. Police Chief Battiste will also be present. 

 

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