Every year 140 to 160 law enforcement officers die in the line of duty in this country. On average, that's one police officer killed somewhere in America every 57 hours.
A plaque on the wall of Room 130 of Minneapolis City Hall bears the names of Minneapolis Police Department members who have died in the line of duty since 1884. That plaque was dedicated by the Police Officers Federation of Minneapolis in 1938.
Since the first member of the Minneapolis Police Department was killed in the line of duty, 43 other men and one woman have had their names included on that plaque.
The officers listed on the memorial plaque put on their uniforms, strapped on handguns, and went out on the streets of Minneapolis to protect and serve its citizens. The tragic events of the day meant they would never come home. We should never forget their sacrifices. If any lessons can be learned from their deaths that could help another officer come home safely after a shift, then those losses will never be in vain.
(Excerpted from Killed in the Line of Duty, written by Sgt. Tony Miranda, former board member, Police Officers Federation of Minneapolis)
|OFFICER WILLIAM F. HERKAL|
|Appointed January 1,1948|
|Died May 11, 1959|
Herkal was working the middle shift at the Minnehaha precinct (Sixth)
on Monday night. It was a routine night. He left the station at 19:00
hours and walked to 27th and East Lake to catch a bus to Chicago and
Lake where he was going to meet a beat officer. When he got to East
Lake and 27th Avenue he met Patrolmen Stanley Tornes and Jake Lindgren
riding in their squad car. One of the officers stated, "We got a stick
up, come on, let's go."