34th Annual National Peace Officers' Memorial Service
In 1962, President Kennedy proclaimed May 15 as National Peace Officers Memorial Day and the calendar week in which May 15 falls, as National Police Week. Established by a joint resolution of Congress in 1962, National Police Week pays special recognition to those law enforcement officers who have lost their lives in the line of duty for the safety and protection of others
This year the Clearwater Police Department was able to attend to this memorial in Washington, DC. One of our own, Officer Robert J. Hammers was added to the memorial wall.
Deputy Marshal Robert Hammers was shot and killed in front of a local bank while on patrol shortly after 1:00 am.
He encountered a gang of five men who were planning a robbery at the bank. Deputy Marshal Hammers was struck by a shotgun blast and a pistol shot during the ensuing shootout with the suspects. All five suspects were apprehended the next day at a home near Mannford, Oklahoma.
All five suspects were members of a notorious gang of outlaws with ties to the Pretty Boy Floyd and Karpis-Barker gangs. They were responsible for several bank robberies in Kansas, Oklahoma, and Missouri. All were sentenced to lengthy prison terms in the Oklahoma Penitentiary.
On June 5, 1936, two of the suspects were charged with Deputy Marshal Hammers' murder and returned to Kansas. On March 3, 1937, they were convicted of his murder and sentenced to life.
Pictured is Jo Johnson with the Clearwater Police Department and Clint Luckner Clearwater Police Officer with Agnes (Robert Hammers daughter) and family.