Memorial Day is for honoring our fallen military personnel and rightly so.

We should also remember other fallen heroes fallen the Police Officers and Firefighters.

They boldly go where Angels fear to tread they run in when everyone else runs out.

Police Officers run in when the shooting starts.

Firefighters run into to the fire to help save lives.

Here are links to their respective memorials.

Officer Down Memorial.

National Fallen Firefighters Foundation.

Here is a sample of the Officer Down page,


Harry H. Aurandt

Tulsa Police Department, Oklahoma

End of Watch: Tuesday, December 20, 1921

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 47

Tour: Not available

Badge # Not available

Cause: Gunfire

Incident Date:12/18/1921

Weapon: Gun; Unknown type

Suspect: Sentenced to life in prison

Officer Harry Aurandt died of wounds he sustained when he was shot while off duty as he was taking police action.

Officer Aurandt and a detective were rabbit hunting in a rural area of Tulsa on Federal Road. At about 9:00 pm the officers had returned to their car when they were approached by four armed men who exited a Buick touring car with the intent of robbing them. The detective attempted to fire his shotgun at them but it misfired. The four men started shooting at he officers while they were sitting in their car. Officer Aurandt, despite serious wounds in one lung, leg, and liver, drove one mile to a farmhouse where he collapsed.

Officer Aurandt died from his wounds two days later. The detective was paralyzed for life from leg wounds just above the knees.

The four suspects were later apprehended and sentenced to life in prison following a trial.

Officer Aurandt was survived by his wife, daughter and son. His son, Paul Harvey, later became a famous commentator, author, and columnist. Officer Aurandt was buried at Rose Hill Memorial Park in Tulsa, Oklahoma.

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