Fraternal Order of Police - Gary, Indiana
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Ofc. Jeffrey Westerfield
EOW: July 6, 2014
Cause: Gunfire
Info: Ofc. Westerfield was shot and killed as he searched for a person of interest that was involved in an altercation where shots were fired. He encountered a subject near 26th Avenue and Van Buren Street where shots were fired into his patrol car by an unknown suspect at the time, killing him instantly. The suspect was subsequently apprehended days later after an extensive manhunt and is currently awaiting trial. He was survived by his five children and a fiance. Ofc. Westerfield had served with the Gary Police Department for 19 years and was a military veteran. He was killed on his birthday.
Ofc. Benjamin (BJ) Wilcher Jr.
EOW: August 12, 2007
Cause: Vehicle Pursuit
Info: Officer Wilcher was in pursuit of a stolen vehicle when he was struck by an oncoming patrol car. He had served with the Gary Police Department for over 1½ years. He was survived by his wife, 2-year-old and 2-month-old sons, parents, sister and brother.
Det. Cpl. Louis Donald Jr.
EOW: August 27, 2001
Cause: Vehicle Pursuit
Info: Cpl. Donald was killed in an automobile accident during a vehicle pursuit at approximately 2130 hours while working a special traffic detail. He had served with the Gary Police Department for nine years and was a US Army veteran. He was survived by his parents, daughter and three sons.

Det. Dorian D. Rorex
EOW: January 15, 1998
Cause: Gunfire
Info: Det. Rorex was shot and killed after a brief foot chase of a drug suspect at 2131 hours. Det. Rorex had served in law enforcement for six years. He was survived by his 1-year-old son and an unborn child.
Lt. George Yaros
EOW: August 11, 1981
Cause: Gunfire
Info: Lt. Yaros was shot and killed responding to a bank robbery at the Gary National Bank at 3680 Broadway while on duty. Lt. Yaros had served with the Gary Police Department for 29 years and was due to retire in six months to take a job at the bank where he was killed. Lt. Yaros was survived by his wife and three children.

Ofc. James R. Boyce Jr.
EOW: October 5, 1974
Cause: Gunfire
Info: Ofc. Boyce was off duty returning home from his shift when he was shot and killed after he responded to a robbery in progress call at Jackson's Steak House on Dunes Highway. Ofc. Boyce had served with the Gary Police Department for six years. He was survived by his wife, son, daughter, mother and sister.

Ofc. George Lowe
EOW: June 2, 1970
Cause: Gunfire
Info: Ofc. Lowe was shot and killed as he and his partner were sitting in a car at 13th Avenue and Washington Street. Ofc. Lowe was a nine year veteran of the department. He was survived by his widow.

Det. Michael Rusnak
EOW: June 11, 1966
Cause: Gunfire
Info: Det. Rusnak was investigating a disturbance at a lounge when he was shot and killed. The suspect was chased down and caught by his partner, Officer George Lowe, who ironically was also shot and killed in the line of duty nearly four years later.

Ofc. John E. Moore
EOW: August 4, 1955
Cause: Gunfire
Info: Ofc. Moore was shot and killed while responding to a disturbance at 655 Indiana Street. Ofc. Moore and his partner went to the back door of residence where they met a suspect in the basement stairwell and a gun battle ensued. The suspect was shot and killed at the scene. Ofc. Moore was shot three times and died shortly after his arrival at the hospital. He was survived by his wife.

Det. Elza (Tip) O'Dell
EOW: January 31, 1953
Cause: Gunfire
Info: Det. O'Dell succumbed to injuries received one week earlier after being shot when he and his partner tried to arrest a subject on a complaint by his ex-wife who said he had come to her house with a knife. Det. O'Dell held on for nearly a week before he died and was Lake County's first black police officer killed in the line of duty.

Ofc. Walter Poturalski
EOW: August 8, 1935
Cause: Motorcycle Accident
Info: Ofc. Poturalski was killed when the motorcycle he was riding hit a stone and fell in front of a funeral cortege, half a mile from the cemetery. He was survived by his wife, daughter and two sons.
Det. James L. Kelly
EOW: April 30, 1932
Cause: Gunfire
Info: Det. Kelly was in Oak Park, Illinois, investigating several hold-ups in Gary and Hammond when he and Oak Park Detective Milton Larson entered an apartment building, believing they were on the trail of a bank robber. The bank robber wasn't there, but instead found another subject, who was hiding out at the hotel for some other crime and opted to shoot it out with police.

Ofc. Pearl Agnus Lanham
EOW: March 21, 1930
Cause: Struck by Vehicle
Info: Ofc. Lanham was struck and killed by a car after assisting children cross a street near the Glen Park Elementary School at 39th and Broadway. Ofc. Lanham had served with the Gary Police Department for only two months. She was survived by her husband, four young daughters, mother, sister and three brothers. She is the first known female law enforcement officer killed in the line of duty in the state of Indiana.

Det. Julius Gunther
EOW: September 16, 1921
Cause: Gunfire
Info: Det. Gunther was shot and killed as he and his partner searched an apartment building for a wanted suspect. The suspect was convicted of Detective Gunther's murder and later died while still in prison.