NORMAN, Okla. — The Cleveland County Sheriff’s Office will dedicate its Wall of Honor this week to two deputies and a communications officer who sacrificed their lives in the line of duty.
The wall will be unveiled April 2 at 1 p.m. at 128 S. Peters Ave. in Norman.
Since the agency’s existence, three employees have been killed.
Undersheriff William Abbott was shot Feb. 14, 1912, as he attempted to arrest William George for an outstanding warrant near Denver, a small community just east of Norman. Abbott died three days later from his injuries.
Undersheriff Grover Fulkerson was the second employee killed on duty. Fulkerson was conducting a roadblock southwest of Norman on Aug. 24, 1917.
He was looking for bootleggers when he stopped a vehicle with two men inside, John Jay and Charles Holden. The men questioned whether Fulkerson had the right to search the vehicle. Fulkerson drew his revolver and told the men he was going to look through the car.
Jay got into an altercation with Fulkerson, and Fulkerson dropped his gun. Holden then grabbed the weapon and shot Fulkerson twice in the abdomen. Fulkerson died later that day.
The third employee, Communications Officer Rona Chafey, died April 19, 1995, in the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building bombing in Oklahoma City. At the time of her death, Chafey was loaned to the Drug Enforcement Agency; the DEA office was located inside the Murrah building.
Chafey’s son, Nick Chafey, will attend the dedication ceremony. Nick Chafey was 4 years old when his mother died.
“I’m honored for her to be on that wall,” Nick Chafey said.
Following the presentation, Sheriff Joe Lester has authorized all CCSO personnel to wear a lapel pin in Chafey’s honor this year.
“This wall is a tribute to those who paid the ultimate sacrifice for this department,” Lester said. “I can’t think of a better way to recognize our fallen heroes.”