* According to reports, Sheriff’s Deputy Marion D. Norton, a former Texas Ranger, had been in the jail on some business and when he retrieved his pistol from a table, it dropped to the floor killing him. The incident also was in the late 1800s. He was the son of a former district state judge.
* Tyler Police Officer M.J. Buie, June 26, 1946, was stabbed on a bus during a domestic dispute. He later died of his injuries.
* Tyler Officer Burl Whittington, 24, was killed in a car wreck during a pursuit on Mother’s Day 1955.
* Tyler Officer M.F. Nichol, 24, died as a result of a crash during a pursuit on Oct. 12, 1962.
* Tyler Officer Eugene Vickers died shortly before 8 p.m. on March 29, 1963, when he was struck by a vehicle while investigating a traffic accident.
* FBI Special Agent Charles Brown was killed July 5, 1973, while he was en route to investigate a case. Brown’s vehicle was crushed when a gasoline transporter overturned.
* Texas Department of Public Safety Trooper Dan Higdon was killed in March 1983 during a traffic stop on Interstate 20 east of Farm-to-Market Road 2015. Higdon and another trooper stopped two tractor-trailers. One of the trucks rolled back and pinned Higdon and one of the truck drivers between the two trucks. Both men were killed.
* Smith County Sheriff’s Deputy Walt Terry was killed in 1986 when he was thrown from his horse during a parade.
* DPS Trooper candidate and former Smith County Sheriff’s Deputy Jimmy Ray Carty died on May 26, 2005, from injuries sustained in a hand-to-hand combat training exercise in Austin.
* Smith County Constable Dale David Geddie was shot to death when he answered a domestic dispute call on June 7, 2006.
Geddie’s father walked with his widow during the ceremony Monday as they laid a red rose at the base of the memorial.
“I really like the way they put these things together. It’s a nice remembrance to the men and women who gave all for the job,” Precinct 2 Constable candidate James Lee said.