Hollywood Police Department will dedicate a new police memorial to the
six courageous officers who have lost their lives in the line of duty
since the City’s founding in 1926. The ceremony will be held on Friday,
May 23 at 10:00 a.m. in front of the Hollywood Police Department at
3250 Hollywood Boulevard.
Hollywood Police Memorial features six Officer Podiums to individually
honor each fallen officer. Installed in each officer’s podium is a
photo along with a plaque with silver-colored raised lettering, a
silver-colored badge and a silver-colored patch. There is also a Main
Podium adorned with an aluminum plaque that matches each officer’s
The six officers whose
service and sacrifice are
honored by the memorial include:
Owen Coleman (09-1925 to 01-25-1926) was one of the first men hired
when the newly formed City was establishing the police department.
Officer Coleman was killed in a shootout in Davie in January of 1926.
Most news accounts of his death were destroyed in the hurricane of
1926. In the early 1990s, an historian of South Florida Police Officers
killed in the line of duty discovered records of his death. Officer
Henry T. Minard (9-6-1971 to 11-18-1972) was killed in the line of duty
on November 18, 1972. Officer Minard was answering a silent holdup
alarm at a jewelry store and interrupted a robbery in progress. He was
fatally shot by the robber.
Byron W. Riley (10-11-1971 to 8-30-1973) and Phillip C. Yourman
(10-11-1971 to 8-30-1973) began a pursuit of a strong-arm robbery
suspect vehicle. As they sped through a quiet residential neighborhood,
the police vehicle struck a tree and they both were fatally injured.
Frankie Shivers (12-20-1981 to 9-6-1982) lost her life while responding
as a back-up to a car accident. This bizarre incident began with a
traffic stop by another officer, John Lunney. While writing the
citation, another car slammed into Lunney's police cruiser, hurling him
onto the roof of the vehicle he had stopped. The vehicle causing the
crash burst into and Officer Shivers attempted to rescue the woman in
the burning vehicle. The female driver grabbed Officer Shivers, revolver
and shot her several times.
Alex Del Rio (4-12-99 to 2-22-08) is the City of Hollywood’s most
recent fallen officer. Officer Del Rio was conducting traffic
enforcement on Sheridan Street on the evening of February 22, 2008. In
an attempt to stop a speeding motorist, he was involved in a motor
vehicle crash and lost his life.
For more information, please call the Hollywood Police Department, 954.967.4371.