9 names added to MO Law Enforcement Memorial, including one local fallen officer

Photo: Courtesy Missouri Department of Public Safety.

Missouri's extended law enforcement family gathered in Jefferson City Saturday morning to remember four law enforcement officers who died in the line of duty in 2018.

Their names were added to the Wall of Honor of the Missouri Law Enforcement Memorial. Five other Missouri officers who died in the line of duty in the past, including one from Ozark County, were also added to the Wall of Honor.

The Missouri Department of Public Safety says on March 1, 1905, Barren Fork Township Constable Joday Wilson of Ozark County was in his home when he was shot in the head through a window. He died instantly.

Months earlier, Constable Wilson had exchanged gunfire with a suspect during an attempted arrest. Two of the suspect’s relatives were charged with killing Wilson.

Officers, families and friends gathered at the memorial on the north side of the Capitol, overlooking the Missouri River.

On Friday evening, a candlelight vigil was held at the Missouri Law Enforcement Memorial in tribute to all Missouri law enforcement officers who have died in the line of duty. The State Capitol was bathed in blue beginning Friday evening, after Governor Mike Parson ordered that it be illuminated in blue throughout the next week to honor fallen law enforcement officers.



Photo: Courtesy Missouri Department of Public Safety.



Photo: Courtesy Missouri Department of Public Safety.


Photo: Courtesy Missouri Department of Public Safety.

 

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