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Alaska Peace Officer Honor Roll


This memorial may not be complete in the early years - if you know of any peace officers who have died as a result of their duties in Alaska, please write, with as much detail as possible on the officer and event.

The officers are listed in the chronological order of the dates of death.





They Gave Their Lives While Serving Alaska


William Watts
Deputy United States Marshal
September 1, 1897: shot while attempting an arrest on Admiralty Island.

James Mark Rowan
Deputy United States Marshal
February 1, 1898 (possibly January 31st): shot in a Skagway theatre while attempting to resolve a dispute.
The story of the shooting is online in Forgotten Heroes: Police Officers Killed in Alaska, 1850-1997 by William Wilbanks.
See his new grave marker in the Skagway Pioneer Cemetery here.

Chief of Police Alvin Miller
Fairbanks Police Department
November 2, 1908: responded to a mentally disturbed woman in a local hotel. She shot him when he tried to contact her and he subsequently died from the gunshot wound.

Seward Night Patrolman Charles H. Wiley
October 4, 1917: died two days after being shot in a Seward hotel room during an investigation. Wiley shot and killed his assailant.

John Fraser Pugh
U.S. Customs
October 25, 1918: one of 343 people killed when the steamship Princess Sohia sank after hitting Vanderbilt Reef in Lynn Canal.

Clyde D. Calhoun
U.S. Marshal's Service
February 12, 1919

Deputy United States Marshal Isaac Evans
September 3, 1919: shot in Seward while attempting to arrest William Dempsey, who had murdered a prostitute in Anchorage. Dempsey was sentenced to life in prison, but escaped in 1940 and was never re-captured.

Chief of Police John J. Sturgus
Anchorage City Police Department
February 20, 1921: killed with his own gun, six weeks after formation of the one-man Department. Despite a $1,950 reward, the murderer was never caught.

J. L. Anders
U.S. Marshal's Service
September 9, 1921: shot and killed at Hot Springs while attempting to serve a peace warrant on farmer Sam Cote, who was killed by a posse later that day.

Chief of Police Harry C. Kavanaugh
Anchorage City Police Department
January 2, 1924: shot while attempting to arrest a drunk in Anchorage - died January 3.

James E. "Jimmy" Hill
U.S. Marshal's Service
October 30, 1924: shot and killed by William Miller while searching for bootleg liquor near Seldovia. Miller then committed suicide.

Edwin H. Sherman
Deputy U.S. Marshal
April 21, 1930: shot and killed at Haines by Jim Watson, a local Indian, while attempting to arrest him for attempted murder. Watson then committed suicide. Sherman was 70 years old at the time.

George Bothwell Kelez
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
September 1, 1954: killed in a plane crash during a patrol 325 miles northeast of Fairbanks. His body wasn’t recovered until 1979.

Stanley Stewart Fredericksen
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
September 1, 1954: killed in a plane crash during a patrol 325 miles northeast of Fairbanks. His body wasn’t recovered until 1979.

Clarence E. "Jack" Toone
Deputy U.S. Marshal
February 10, 1955: killed in airplane crash 40 miles northeast of Dillingham.

Clarence Joseph Rhode
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
August 21, 1958

Officer Doris Wayne Barber
Sitka Police Department
July 28, 1960: shot while serving a warrant.

Officer Leroy Garvin Bohuslov
Department of Fish & Game
March 5, 1964: killed in an aircraft crash near McGrath while conducting a caribou survey.

Officer Gary George Wohfiel
Department of Fish & Game
March 5, 1964: killed in an aircraft crash near McGrath while conducting a caribou survey.

Officer Donald Thomas Dull
Juneau Police Department
October 19, 1964: killed by an accidental gunshot.

Officer Kenneth Grant Nauska
Craig Police Department
January 30, 1966: shot from ambush while responding to a burglary.

Officer Benjamin Franklin Strong
Anchorage Police Department
January 4, 1968: shot during a liquor store robbery while on a stake-out that he had volunteered for.

Officer Thomas Charles Dillon
Bethel Police Department
November 19, 1972: shot while responding to a "shots fired" report at a taxi company.

Trooper Dennis Finbar Cronin
Alaska State Troopers
February 18, 1974: shot at Hillside, Anchorage during a narcotics investigation.

Officer Earl Ray Hoggard
Ketchikan Police Department
March 30, 1974: shot while responding to a disturbance.

Officer Larry Robert Carr
Alaska State Troopers
December 11, 1974: killed in the crash of a commercial aircraft near Kodiak.

Officer Frank Stuart Rodman
Alaska State Troopers
December 11, 1974: killed in the crash of a commercial aircraft near Kodiak.

Officer Jonathan Paul Flora
Anchorage Police Department
September 8, 1975: shot while responding to a drug-related burglary report.

Officer Richard James Adair
Juneau Police Department
March 17, 1979: shot while responding to a shooting incident.

Officer Jimmy Earl Kennedy
Juneau Police Department
March 17, 1979: shot while responding to a shooting incident.

Officer Harry Edward Kier
Anchorage Police Department
October 28, 1980: killed in a car crash while responding to a serious fire.

Trooper Roland Edgar "Skip" Chevalier, Jr.
Alaska State Troopers
April 3, 1982: shot at Cleary Summit, near Fairbanks while responding to a disturbance.

Officer John David Stimson
Fish & Wildlife Protection Agency
January 14, 1983: killed in a helicopter crash near Cordova while on a search-and-rescue mission, attempting to reach a downed pilot in a blizzard. Stimson survived and assisted pilot Gary Wiltrout, who had suffered a broken back, but by the time rescuers reached the crash site 24 hours later, Stimson had died of exposure.

Officer Gordon Brewster Bartel
Kodiak Police Department
January 15, 1983: shot and killed by a man he was citing for illegal camping in downtown Kodiak. Officer Bartel was 29 years old and had been with the Kodiak Police Department for two years.

Trooper Troy Lynn Duncan
Alaska State Troopers
May 19, 1984: shot near Manley Hot Springs while engaged in a manhunt by helicopter.

Officer David Cameron Harris
Fort Richardson Military Police
July 23, 1984: killed when a piece of steel hit his car as he was enroute to classes.

Officer Ignatius John Charlie
Alakanuk Police Department
May 10, 1985: shot after encountering two men who had just robbed a store.

Officer Harry Biddington Hanson
Anchorage Police Department
July 17, 1986: shot while attempting to apprehend a fugitive.

Officer Ronald Eugene Zimin
South Naknek Public Safety Department
October 22, 1986: shot from ambush while investigating a complaint.

Officer Louie Gordon Mizelle
Anchorage Police Department
June 6, 1989: shot from ambush after volunteering to respond to a "shots fired" report.

Officer Anthony Crawford Jones
Dillingham Police Department
February 12, 1992: shot while responding to a "shots fired" report.

Officer Karl William Reishus
Juneau Police Department
May 4, 1992: killed in a fall during a training exercise on mountain rescue techniques.

Sergeant Robert Lee Bittick
Alaska State Troopers
October 11, 1994: killed when the Grumman Goose he was flying crashed north of Haines.

Deputy Commissioner Claude Everett "Swack" Swackhammer
Department of Public Safety
October 11, 1994: killed when the Grumman Goose he was in crashed north of Haines.

Officer Dan Richard Seely
Anchorage Police Department
October 26, 1996: shot at Chugiak while serving a domestic violence warrant. The murderer then killed his two children, wounded his wife, and committed suicide.

Trooper Bruce Allen Heck
Alaska State Troopers
January 10, 1997: killed at Glenallen while attempting to make an arrest. In September 1999, a 61-mile stretch of the Glenn Highway was named the Trooper Bruce Heck Memorial Corridor; a memorial was erected at Mile 128, Eureka Summit.

Officer John Kevin Lamm
Fairbanks Police Department
January 1, 1998: shot with an AR-15 when he and two fellow officers went to check on a man who was thought to be suicidal.

Sergeant David Calvin Churchill
Alaska Fish & Wildlife Protection
September 16, 1998: died of a heart attack while approaching hunters in the field.

Officer James Arland Rowland Jr.
Palmer Police Department
May 15, 1999: shot while investigating a man slumped over the wheel in the parking lot of the Carrs grocery store in Palmer.

Trooper James Arthur Moen
Alaska State Troopers Fish & Wildlife Protection
June 29, 2001: died in plane crash near Illiamna. More information here.

Officer Justin T. Wollam
Anchorage Police Department
July 9, 2001: killed in a head-on collision on the Glenn Highway while responding to a call regarding a vehicle driving erratically. More information here.

Trooper Hans-Peter Lothar Roelle
Alaska State Troopers
November 24, 2001: shot in Wasilla while investigating a domestic dispute. The killer then shot his two children and committed suicide. More information here.

Correctional Officer James C. "Jamie" Hesterberg
Alaska Department of Corrections
November 18, 2002: killed in an automobile accident that occurred while he and another officer were transporting prisoners to Spring Creek Correctional Center in Seward. Four prisoners also died. More information here.

Officer John Patrick Watson
Kenai Police Department
December 25, 2003: shot and killed after locating a vehicle that was wanted by the Alaska State Troopers. When Officer Watson located the vehicle at a house, a struggle ensued with the male owner and Officer Watson was shot with his own service handgun. More information here.

Officer Charles F. 'Chuck' Collins II
U.S. Customs and Border Protection
July 11, 2010: killed when his truck rolled down a 300-foot slope into O’Brien Creek during a storm, while traveling the Taylor Highway from Eagle.

Sergeant Anthony Michael "Tony" Wallace
Hoonah Police Department
August 29, 2010: shot in an ambush on Front Street in downtown Hoonah on August 28th. Officer Matt Tokuoka was also shot and killed when he came to Wallace's aid. More information here.

Officer Matthew Dean "Matt" Tokuoka
Hoonah Police Department
August 29, 2010: shot on Front Street in downtown Hoonah on August 28th when he came to the aid of Corporal Tony Wallace.

Trooper Melvin "Mel" Nading
Alaska State Troopers
March 30, 2013: killed in the crash of Helo-11 while returning from the successful rescue of a stranded snowmobiler near Talkeetna. Trooper Nading was the pilot. More information about Mel Nading here and about the crash here.

Trooper Tage B. Toll
Alaska State Troopers
March 30, 2013: killed in the crash of Helo-1 while returning from the successful rescue of a stranded snowmobiler near Talkeetna. Trooper Toll was on board as the spotter. More information about Tage Toll here and about the crash here.




This memorial was initially assembled with the support of Judith Zundel at the Fraternal Order of Alaska State Troopers, based largely on research coordinated by Chaplain Bert McQueen of the Alaska Police Chaplain Ministries. Revised with additional information from Dr. William Wilbanks and Patrick Hames (Corporal, Alaska State Troopers, retired) - thank you all!


Police Departments in Alaska

Law Enforcement in Alaska, 1867-1997

Peace Officer Honour Roll - Yukon

1896 Annual Report, North-West Mounted Police, Yukon Detachment


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