JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (KMOX) - The state of Missouri adds the names of nine to its Law Enforcement Memorial wall, including several from departments in the St. Louis region.
At a ceremony held Saturday in Jefferson City, Governor Nixon expressed sympanthy to families of those killed in the line of duty.
Among the names added were St. Louis city police officer Daryl Hall, who was murdered outside a bar in April 2011 — and US Marshal John Perry, who was shot to death in St. Louis while serving a warrant in March 2011.
The following are capsules provided by the Missouri Department of Public Safety:
George F. Ross
End of Watch: April 8, 2010 Rank: Sergeant
Department: Maplewood Police Department Cause: Heart attack
Age: 62 Years of Service: 32
On March 30, 2010 Sergeant Ross, while on duty, participated in the funeral detail/procession for a fallen officer. As Sergeant Ross returned from the funeral detail, he suffered a massive heart attack and his vehicle left the road way. Sergeant Ross was transported to a local hospital and died on April 8, due to his medical condition.
William M. “Mick” Mudd
End of Watch: Dec. 16, 2010 Rank: Police Officer
Department: Vinita Park Police Department Cause: Heart attack
Age: 38 Years of Service: 14
Officer Mudd assisted emergency medical personnel during a call in Vinita Park by spreading salt on an icy street and sidewalk. He also assisted in carrying a resident to an ambulance after working his night shift. Shortly after, Officer Mudd arrived home, suffered a heart attack and died in his sleep.
John B. Perry
End of Watch: March 8, 2011 Rank: Deputy Marshal
Department: United States Marshals Service Cause: Gunshot
Age: 48 Years of Service: 10
On March 8, Deputy Marshal Perry and approximately 10 other U.S. Marshals and St. Louis Metropolitan Police officers went to a residence to serve a suspect with a felony warrant for assault on a law enforcement officer and drug possession. The officers removed several children from the home and then began the search for the suspect. As the officers searched, the suspect opened fire, striking a St. Louis Police officer, Deputy Marshal Perry and another deputy marshal. During an exchange of gunfire, the suspect was shot and killed. Deputy Marshal Perry died at the hospital later that day.
Daryl A. Hall
End of Watch: April 24, 2011 Rank: Police Officer
Department: St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department Cause: Gunshot
Age: 34 Years of Service: 6
Early in the morning on April 24, Officer Hall was off duty at a nightclub when he heard gunshots outside. Officer Hall went to investigate, and witnessed the suspect shooting a handgun. Officer Hall announced that he was a police officer and ordered the suspect to drop his weapon. The suspect refused and gunfire was exchanged between Officer Hall, the suspect, and a security guard. Officer Hall suffered multiple gunshot wounds and was transported to St. Louis University Hospital where he died later that day.
Jerry E. Hicks, Sr.
End of Watch: Dec. 4, 2011 Rank: Chief of Police
Department: Leadwood Police Department Cause: Vehicular crash
Age: 69 Years of Service: 25
Chief Hicks was driving to the Potosi Correctional Center to pick up an inmate work crew when the vehicle he was driving slid on a patch of ice on a highway bridge, causing it to leave the roadway. The vehicle hit a tree on the passenger side. Chief Hicks was flown to a hospital in Creve Coeur, where he died six days later.