Thursday, September 28, 2000

Honoring sacrifices

Warren County officers' names to be listed

By Sheila McLaughlin
The Cincinnati Enquirer

        CLEARCREEK TWP. — Sometime next spring, Warren County residents will have a place to honor police officers who died on the job.

        Five months, two fund-raisers and $9,000 after the Fraternal Order of Police Lodge 103 announced plans to build a police memorial, President Errol Butt said Monday that the organization is ready to move forward with construction.

[photo] Errol Butt, president of the Fraternal Order of Police Lodge 103, shows a drawing of what the new police memorial will look like.
(Glenn Hartong photo)
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        The FOP's board of trustees recently approved the design, which is the handiwork of Dodds Lebanon Monuments on Sycamore Street in Lebanon.

        Most of the money was raised from an auction in May and a car show and sock hop this month.

        The monument, to be built in front of the FOP lodge at 1343 W. Ohio 122, will consist of three black-granite slabs.

        On a side section, gold-inlaid lettering will list the names of five county officers who died on duty:

        • Sheriff W.E. Graham, who died in 1938. Details of his death were not available.

        • Deputy Homer Burlile, who collapsed after a heart attack in 1980.

        • Mason Chief James Elder, who was killed in a crash in 1982.

        • Springboro Officer William Johnson, who died in 1983 after being struck by a drunken driver during a traffic stop.

        • Morrow Officer Jeff Phegley, who was fatally shot during a traffic stop in 1987.


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