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Purcell officer honored for sacrifice over 80 years after deadly shooting

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PURCELL, Okla. – It’s been a long time coming, but a Purcell police officer who was killed in the line of duty was honored on Monday.

Purcell City Marshal Wiley Florence was critically wounded on June 21, 1932 and died en route to the hospital.

The bullet was actually intended for the vice mayor, who tripped on the steps of City Hall as the gunshot rang out.

Office Florence’s sacrifice slipped through the cracks for decades.

Now over 80 years after that deadly shooting, a memorial was dedicated at Purcell Police Headquarters to always remember this “Brother in Blue.”

He is also listed on the national memorial in Washington D.C. and at the Department of Public Safety in Oklahoma City.

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