Fayetteville Police Chief Greg Tabor announced today that the Fayetteville Police Department recently purchased a memorial to honor fallen officers from years past.

         Since first being established in 1870, the Fayetteville Police Department has had two officers killed in the line of duty.   The first officer, City Marshall William D. Patton was shot and killed near the Fayetteville Square on July 2, 1881.   The second officer, Patrolman Lem McPherson was shot and killed near Willow Avenue and Center Street on April 28, 1928.   

         The Fayetteville Police Department chose to honor the memory of these officers who gave their lives in the line of duty.  The stone was purchased and placed in front of the Fayetteville Police Department on February 1, 2013.   The names of the two officers are inscribed on the front of the stone so that future generations will remember their service.   We encourage the public to come view this long overdue tribute to these officers who made the ultimate sacrifice protecting the citizens of Fayetteville.