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REMEMBERING



PO. Charles Caldwell
June 12, 1948

On the evening of June 12, 1948, at about 6:00 pm, Officer Caldwell and his partner responded to a fight complaint on Nash Street in Fairmount Heights. When they arrived, Officer Caldwell arrested a female suspect for assault. As he escorted her to his cruiser, Officer Caldwell was attacked by her father. The father grabbed the officer's weapon and opened fire, hitting Officer Caldwell three times in the chest. His partner was shot in the arm and leg. Officer Caldwell was rushed to the hospital where he succumbed to his injuries a short time later.
Officer Caldwell served the Prince George's County Police Department for five years and was the second member of this agency to make the ultimate sacrifice. He was the fourth law enforcement officer to give his life in service to this profession within Prince George's County.
At the time of his death, Officer Charles Caldwell was 36 years old and survived by his wife and two young sons.




PO. Carlton Fletcher
June 12, 1983

On the evening of June 11, 1983, Officer Fletcher was sitting in his marked police cruiser in the parking lot of a convenience store on Greenbelt Road in Lanham waiting to escort the store's manager on a night deposit as part of a secondary employment assignment. Without warning, two suspects approached and shot into his cruiser. Officer Fletcher was seriously wounded. Sadly, he died of his injuries the morning of June 12, 1983. After shooting our officer, the suspects also fatally shot the store’s manager. The two suspects were arrested and charged with both murders. At the time of his death, Officer Carlton Fletcher was 32 years old and survived by his expectant wife and young daughter.



Sgt. Steven Gaughan
June 21, 2005

Corporal Steven Gaughan was shot and killed at approximately 11:00 am when he and two officers stopped a suspicious vehicle near the intersection of Route 197 and South Laurel Drive in Laurel, Maryland.
The three occupants exited the vehicle and fled to a nearby apartment building. Corporal Gaughan chased one of the suspects behind the building where the two exchanged shots and Corporal Gaughan was struck once. He was flown to Prince George's Hospital Center where he succumbed to the wound several hours later.
The suspect was also wounded in the exchange of gunfire and taken into custody. The other two occupants of the vehicle fled into a nearby apartment where they were apprehended after a short standoff. The suspect who shot Corporal Gaughan was convicted of first degree murder and sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole.
Corporal Gaughan had served with the Prince George's County Police Department for 15 years, and was assigned to the Special Assignment Team in District VI. He was posthumously promoted to the rank of sergeant. He is survived by his wife, son, and daughter.



P.O. A.M. Claggett "Rusty"
June 26, 1978

On June 26, 1978, at about 1:30 am, Police Officer Claggett and Police Officer James B. Swart stopped a car on Annapolis Road in Bladensburg. The car matched the suspect description in the theft of laundry room coin boxes from a nearby apartment complex. The two occupants were arrested and taken to the Hyattsville station. While processing the suspects, one of the men suddenly ripped Officer Claggett’s weapon from his holster and opened fire. Officer Claggett was seriously wounded and was rushed to the hospital. Sadly, he died of his injuries a short time later. Police Officer Swart was also shot as he tried to assist Officer Claggett. Tragically, Police Officer Swart also succumbed to his injuries.
Police Officer Claggett served the Prince George's County Police Department for six years and was the 10th member of this agency to make the ultimate sacrifice. He was the 18th law enforcement officer to give his life in service to this profession within Prince George's County.
At the time of his death, Police Officer Claggett was 26 years old and survived by his wife and two sons.



PO. James Brian Swart
June 26, 1978


On the morning of June 27, 2008, Sergeant Findley was conducting surveillance at the Laurel Pines apartment complex on Bowie Road in Laurel. Sergeant Findley was watching an unoccupied vehicle that was displaying stolen registration plates in the parking lot. At approximately 11:45 am, two suspects approached and entered the vehicle. As Sergeant Findley exited his police vehicle to make contact, the suspects in the stolen vehicle accelerated and intentionally struck him. Sergeant Findley was dragged by the suspect vehicle and suffered severe injuries. He was rushed to Laurel Regional Hospital where he ultimately succumbed to his injuries.
Sergeant Findley served the Prince George's County Police Department for 10 years and was the 25th member of this agency to make the ultimate sacrifice. He was the 47th law enforcement officer to give his life in service to this profession within Prince George's County.
At the time of his death, Sergeant Richard Findley was 39 years old and survived by his wife and two daughters.


Sgt. Richard Findley
June 27, 2008



REMEMBERING OUR FALLEN CANINE OFFICERS


Rebel-October 26,1984

Pilgrim-October 28,1988




2016 Memorial Service


On Behalf of FOP Lodge 89, thank you to President Canterbury speaking at our Annual Memorial service. We appreciate him taking time out of his busy schedule. President Canterbury's speech was educational and inspirational.
Pictured Are:
National FOP President Chuck Canterbury(right)
MD State FOP President Vince Canales (Left)
FOP 89 President John "Zeek" Teletchea (Center)


PGPD Honors Fallen Officers on National Peace Officers Memorial Day In 1962, President Kennedy proclaimed May 15th as National Peace Officers Memorial Day. Today, the Prince George's County Police Department would like to pause and reflect upon the lives, service, and sacrifice of the 52 men and women who have selflessly given their lives in service to the citizens of Prince George's County. We seek to pay tribute to those who have gone before us. Today and always, we remember and honor the fallen heroes of Prince George's County, Maryland. Special Agent Arthur J. Sanderson United States Bureau of Prohibition End of Watch: December 29, 1932
Officer Edward D. Merson Prince George's County Police Department End of Watch: September 1, 1937
Quartermaster Sergeant Ellsworth D. Dryden Maryland State Police End of Watch: October 7, 1938
Officer Charles F. Caldwell Prince George's County Police Department End of Watch: June 12, 1948
Officer Alfred W. Steinat Prince George's County Police Department End of Watch: May 2, 1963
Sergeant Joseph K. Brown, Sr. Prince George's County Police Department End of Watch: February 19, 1966
Officer John W. Leatherbury, Jr. Prince George's County Police Department End of Watch: March 21, 1968
Officer William R. Clements Town of Seat Pleasant Police Department End of Watch: November 30, 1968
Officer Robert K. Yeszerski Prince George's County Police Department End of Watch: November 30, 1968
Officer William W. Gullett, Jr. Prince George's County Police Department End of Watch: February 16, 1969
Officer Raymond L. Hawkins United States Park Police End of Watch: February 15, 1972
Officer Carroll D. Garrison Prince George's County Police Department End of Watch: February 20, 1973
Trooper First Class Donald E. Parkerson, Jr. Maryland State Police End of Watch: September 18, 1973
Trooper First Class Charles S. Rathell Maryland State Police End of Watch: September 18, 1973
Trooper Mart Hudson, Jr. Maryland State Police End of Watch: June 16, 1975
Deputy Mark C. Featherstone Office of the Sheriff, Calvert County End of Watch: April 22, 1976
Officer James B. Swart Prince George's County Police Department End of Watch: June 26, 1978
Officer Albert M. Claggett, IV. Prince George's County Police Department End of Watch: June 26, 1978
Officer Antonio M. Kelsey Prince George's County Police Department End of Watch: February 2, 1980
Officer Raymond Hubbard Prince George's County Police Department End of Watch: February 8, 1982
Corporal Allan D. Johnson Prince George's County Police Department End of Watch: December 8, 1982
Officer Robert K. Best Metropolitan Police Department, Washington, DC End of Watch: December 15, 1982
Officer Carlton X. Fletcher Prince George's County Police Department. End of Watch: June 12, 1983
Major Richard J. Beavers Prince George's County Police Department. End of Watch: November 29, 1983
Private Robert J. King City of Hyattsville Police Department. End of Watch, June 18, 1984
Officer James L. Gordon Metropolitan Police Department, Washington, DC End of Watch: December 14, 1987
Sergeant Mark K. Murphy Prince George's County Police Department End of Watch: September 1, 1988
Sergeant Harry L. Kinikin, Jr. Prince George's County Police Department End of Watch: January 13, 1990
Corporal Ryan C. Johnson, Sr. Prince George's County Police Department End of Watch: April 22, 1992
Lieutenant Roger P. Fleming Prince George's County Police Department End of Watch: October 27, 1992
Officer Harry Davis, Jr. Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority Police End of Watch: December 20, 1993
Sergeant John L. Bagileo Prince George's County Police Department End of Watch: February 28, 1994
Sergeant John J. Novabilski Prince George's County Police Department End of Watch: April 26, 1995
Special Agent William H. Christian, Jr. Federal Bureau of Investigation End of Watch: May 29, 1995
Corporal Amos Williams, Jr. Washington D.C. Department of Corrections End of Watch: December 31, 1996
Officer Oliver W. Smith, Jr. Metropolitan Police Department, Washington, DC End of Watch: February 26, 1997
Corporal Raymond G. Armstead, Jr. Maryland State Police End of Watch: March 25, 1998
Postal Inspector Robert F. Jones, Jr. United States Postal Inspector's Service End of Watch: July 14, 2000
Police Officer First Class Kilonzo M. Masembwa Prince George's County Police Department End of Watch: November 10, 2000
Officer Hakim A. Farthing United States Park Police End of Watch: August 10, 2002
Sergeant James V. Arnaud Office of the Sheriff, Prince George's County End of Watch: August 29, 2002
Private First Class Elizabeth L. Magruder Office of the Sheriff, Prince George's County End of Watch: August 29, 2002
Sergeant Anthony M. Walker Prince George's County Police Department End of Watch: November 15, 2003
Trooper First Class Anthony M. Jones Maryland State Police End of Watch: May 9, 2004
Sergeant Clifton Rife, II. Metropolitan Police Department, Washington, DC End of Watch: June 2, 2004
Sergeant Steven F. Gaughan Prince George's County Police Department End of Watch: June 21, 2005
Sergeant Richard S. Findley Prince George's County Police Department End of Watch: June 27, 2008
Corporal Stephen H. Bunker Maryland State Police End of Watch: September 28, 2008
Trooper First Class Mickey C. Lippy Maryland State Police End of Watch: September 28, 2008
Corporal Thomas P. Jensen Prince George's County Police Department End of Watch: March 9, 2010
Trooper Wesley W. J. Brown Maryland State Police End of Watch: June 11, 2010
Police Officer First Class Adrian A. Morris Prince George's County Police Department End of Watch: August 20, 2012
Police Officer Brennan Rabain Prince George's County Police Department End of Watch: March 7, 2015
Police Officer Jacai D. Colson Prince Georges County Police Department End of Watch: March 13, 2016




What is a Policeman?


FOP 89 FALLEN HEROES MEMORIAL DEDICATION MAY 7 2009

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Here is the latest addition to our memorial.
Remembering our Officers who made the Supreme Sacrifice while in Military Service





Our very own Corporal Robert Hernandez was killed in 2006 while serving in Iraq. A Staff Sergeant with the US Army, Robert Hernandez was killed in Al Taquaddum, Iraq, when an improvised explosive device detonated near his vehicle during combat operations. He is the only member of the PGPD to be killed in combat while serving our nation. Cpl. Hernandez served the Prince George's County Police Department for ten years and was assigned to District II prior to his deployment. He was 47 years old at the time of his death, and is survived by his fiancee and three children.







The link below is a virtual wall of all those lost during the Vietnam war with the names, bio's and other information on our lost heroes. Those who remember that timeframe, or perhaps lost friends or family can look them up on this site.

First click on a state. When it opens, scroll down to the city and the names will appear. Then click on their names.
It should show you a picture of the person, or at least their bio and medals.

I hope that everyone who receives this appreciates what those who served in Vietnam sacrificed for our country.

Virtual Wall




The following was sent by Bro. Bill Richards.
PEARL HARBOR AFTER THE TOURISTS HAVE LEFT FOR THE DAY Pearl Harbor : This is what takes place after the tourists have gone for the day. I never knew this.


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