May 15, 2013, was a special day for Washington Parish and the Washington Parish Sheriff’s Office. On that date, Sheriff Randy Seal unveiled a new memorial for all Fallen Heroes who have given their lives in service to the citizens of our parish.
The memorial, permanently housed and displayed in the lobby of the Sheriff’s Office in Franklinton, is a monument to Sheriff’s Office employees who paid the ultimate price.
Beneath the John 15:13 caption “greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends,” are individual memorials to each of the fallen heroes. Seven plaques are adorned with the pictures and names of one Sheriff and six deputies who lost their lives. The centerpiece of the memorial is a bust of Deputy Oneal Moore who was assassinated while on duty in 1965, a case that has never been solved, even after thorough investigations by the Sheriff’s Office and the FBI.
Other plaques memorialize Sheriff Henry Burkhalter who was killed in 1899, Deputies Robert Crain and Wiley Pierce who were slain on the same day in 1923, Deputy Delos Wood who died in 1934, Deputy Jeffery Bickham in 2005, Deputy Yvonne Pettit in 2006, and Deputy Hilbert “Bill” Lewis in 2010.
Sheriff Randy Seal, whose efforts led to the development of the Fallen Heroes memorial, stated, “This special memorial is dedicated not only to the fine individuals who lost their lives but also to their families who paid the price of losing a loved one. So many people gave unselfishly to make this a reality. I encourage all citizens of our parish to visit the Sheriff’s Office in Franklinton and view this very special memorial. It is a constant reminder of the debt we owe to all the men and women who wear the badge of Washington Parish and labor daily to keep us safe.”