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Fayetteville police honor fallen officer
Fayetteville Police Chief Greg Tabor announced today that the Fayetteville Police Department recently honored a fallen officer from years past.
Patrolman Lemule Lem McPherson was killed in the line of duty on April 28th, 1928 while looking for an armed subject in the area of Willow Avenue and Center Street. A short story written by local historian J.B. Hogan titled, Tragedy in Tin Cup, brought this story to light. With the help of local community leader Jessie Bryant and descendants of Patrolman McPherson, officers of the Fayetteville Police Department were able to determine the location of the grave of Patrolman McPherson, which was marked only by a small headstone with no inscription.
Fayetteville Police Chief Greg Tabor and the entire Fayetteville Police Department agreed that this officer deserved to be recognized and a proper monument placed on his grave. The descendants of Patrolman McPherson were consulted and with their blessing, the Fayetteville Police Department secured funds to purchase a headstone. Nelson-Berna Funeral Home and Fairview Memorial Gardens allowed the department to purchase the headstone at cost and waived the engraving and installation fees. The headstone was installed at Oak Cemetery on January 10, 2012.
Patrolman McPherson’s name has also been submitted for inclusion on the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial in Washington D. C. and he will be receiving the Fayetteville Police Department ��Blue Star�� award posthumously at an awards ceremony in February.
The story about Patrolman McPherson written by J. B. Hogan can be found on the Police Department’s webpage on www.accessfayetteville.org.