Annual Law Enforcement Memorial

Wheeling PD Annual Law Enforcement Memorial

On Oct. 1, 1962, President John F. Kennedy signed into law the designation of May 15 each year as National Peace Officer Memorial Day and the calendar week in which that day falls as “National Police Week.” Police Memorial (18).JPG

The week pays tribute to the local, state, and federal peace officers who have died, or who have been disabled, in the line of duty.

In observance of National Peace Officer Memorial Week, the Wheeling Police Department holds a Law Enforcement Memorial Ceremony at Heritage Port the Wednesday of National Police Week. During the ceremony, wreathes are laid to honor those officers who have made the ultimate sacrifice in the line of duty.

Each year, the fallen officers of the Wheeling Police Department are honored, as well as any West Virginia officer that lost their life in the previous year.


Wheeling Police Department Officers Killed in the Line of Duty

  • Ptlm. Joseph P. Brady – Sept. 27, 1868 DSC04483.JPG
  • Ptlm. Joseph Glenn – Jan. 17, 1888
  • Ptlm. Salavia C. “Lafe” Bowen – Dec. 26, 1902
  • Ptlm. Henry Carl Seamon – Feb. 26, 1917
  • Ptlm. Herman Henry Bartels – May 3, 1922
  • Ptlm. Ray Melvin Lazear – Jan. 12, 1925
  • Ptlm. Charles Ulrich “Bud” Brunhaus – Jan. 20, 1926
  • Ptlm. James Robert Wolfe – Jan. 31, 1931
  • Ptlm. James Reiter Bailey – Oct. 11, 1971