Russell L. Peterson

Russell PetersonOfficer Russell L. Peterson joined the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department on April 17, 990. He served approximately six years in Patrol, Training and the Gang Unit before transferring to Search and Rescue in May of 1996.

On the Afternoon of March 24, 1998, Officer Peterson and a volunteer were on a training exercise at Mt. Charleston. While Officer Peterson was belaying the volunteer on an ice climb on a frozen waterfall, a large piece of ice broke loose from high on the mountain. The ice narrowly missed the volunteer before hitting Officer Peterson, killing him instantly.

Officer Peterson celebrated his 40th Birthday one day earlier. He is survived by his wife Lesa.

Donald Weese

Donald WeeseOfficer Weese joined the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department on September 11, 1990.

On the night of October 23, 1992, while working as a Field Training Officer with his partner, Eric Kerns, he responded to a gun call. While en route to his patrol car collided with another vehicle and then struck a traffic signal pole. Office Weese sustained significant injuries and died at the scene. Officer Weese was assigned to the Northeast Area Command Squad, squad NE31.

This tragic event occurred just 25 minutes before the end of Officer Weese’s shift. He was 25 years old at the time of his death.

Marc Kahre

Marc KahreTraffic Officer Marc Kahre joined the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department as a cadet October 2, 1973, and became a commissioned officer in 1975.

On October 11, 1988 at approximately 12:15 p.m. Officer Kahre spotted the car of a suspect who had earlier fired several gunshots through his ex-girlfriend’s front door. While Officer Kahre waited for a backup unit, he followed the vehicle to the 4900 block of Chantilly Drive. The suspect stopped abruptly, jumped out of his car and began shooting at Officer Kahre, who was on his motorcycle. He was hit once in the forehead.

Officer Jim Hulsey had arrived at that time and immediately returned fire, striking the suspect 5 times. However, the suspect was still able to get back in his car and drive away. The suspect became involved in a traffic accident at Lamb and Charleston and shot himself in the head. He was later pronounced dead at the hospital.

Officer Kahre was 34 years old when he died. He was survived by his wife and two sons.

Clark Anthony Wooldridge

Clark WooldridgePolice Officer Clark Anthony Wooldridge joined the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department in August 1978.

While responding to a fight and accident call on August 12, 1979, his patrol car collided with another vehicle. He was pinned underneath the vehicle, which had overturned, and subsequently died at the hospital. The fight and accident call that led to this officer’s untimely death turned out to be a false alarm – there was no fight or accident.

Officer Wooldridge died at the age of 22 and was survived by his wife of less than 2 years.

James Walter Harbin

James HarbinCorrections Officer James Walter Harbin II joined the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department on February 7, 1979.

On March 18, 1979, only 6½ weeks after he was hired, he was shot and killed in a convenience store robbery. Officer Harbin had stopped at the store en route to work. The store clerk tried to warn him of the robbery in progress. Due to the fact that he was in a uniform almost identical to a police officer, he was mistaken for a police officer and shot. The suspect was later apprehended after holding police at bay for several hours.

Officer Harbin died at the age of 22 and was survived by his parents.

James Richard Rogan

James RoganOfficer James Richard Rogan joined the Clark County Sheriff’s Office in 1970 and served the Department for approximately eight years.

On February 22, 1978, Officer Rogan made a routine traffic stop.  During the stop, the driver shot Officer Rogan multiple times with an automatic handgun, killing him.  The suspect was killed by police the following morning after an all-night, house-to-house search.

Officer Rogan died at the age of 41, leaving behind his wife and six children ranging in ages from 2 to 18 years.

Paul DeWeert

Paul DeWeertSergeant Paul DeWeert joined the Las Vegas Police Department in January of 1948.

On October 8, 1967, Officer DeWeert was involved in an off duty altercation that led to his shooting death. Though technically off duty he had apparently decided to take enforcement action against the suspect, who, by his own admission, said that Sergeant DeWeert had told him to stop so he could talk to him.

Sergeant DeWeert died at the age of 60, just five months short of retirement. He was survived by his wife and two teenage sons.

William R. Fortye

William FortyeOfficer Fortye joined the Las Vegas Police Department on October 10, 1961, and served the department for five years and 18 days.

While working K-9 with his dog, Burgie, on October 28, 1966, Fortye made a routine stop on a northbound vehicle on Highland Drive. The assailant pulled Officer Fortye’s revolver from his holster and shot him three times. His partner, Burgie, attacked the assailant, ripped his clothing and mauled his hand. The assailant was captured a short time later. Burgie was found sitting next to Patrolman Fortye when backup officers arrived.

Officer Fortye was 32 years old when he died, and was survived by his wife and 6-year-old daughter.

George Hart

George HartDeputy Sheriff George Hart was appointed to the Clark County Sheriff’s Department on July 5, 1956.

On October 25, 1957, Deputy Sheriff Hart arrested a drunken man. While booking the prisoner, he was struck in the stomach. Due to complications resulting from the blow, Hart succumbed to the injury on November 12.

Deputy Hart was 40 years old when he died, and was survived by his wife and five children.

Wilbur E. McGee

Wilbur McGeeOfficer McGee joined the Las Vegas Police Department on June 22, 1954, and served the Department for 17 months.

On November 11, 1955, Officer McGee was investigating an early morning burglary in which $300 in coins were taken. Unbeknownst to the victim of the burglary, two pistols were also stolen, as well as a pellet gun and a 22-caliber revolver. Later in the day, Officer McGee received a call that the suspect was at a local downtown motel. When Officer McGee arrived at the hotel, he heard the desk clerk talking to the suspect in a loud voice. The suspect surrendered the pellet gun but as the officer was handcuffing him, he pulled the second gun from his waistband and shot Officer McGee four times. As Officer McGee lay mortally wounded, the suspect took the officer’s revolver and fled out the back door of the hotel. When he was captured a short time later, he was still carrying the slain officer’s revolver.

Officer McGee was 33 when he died and was survived by his wife.