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Memorial Run to Honor Fallen Grand Prairie Officers

BY GRAND PRAIRIE WEEKLY STAFF

Grand Prairie, Texas. October 11, 2017

The Grand Prairie Police Department will honor two fallen officers with a ceremony on October 12th followed by the 5th Annual GPPD Fallen Officer Memorial Run.

The GPPD partnered with Texas Department of Transportation in creating and placing two road signs meant to honor Officer Lyndon F. King and Sergeant Gregory L. Hunter.

The road signs will be placed nearest the location of where the line of duty death occurred.  

Officer Lyndon F. King
End of Watch: March 1, 1982 
 
Officer Lyndon F. King began his career as a reserve police officer in 1973. He became a full-time officer on July 7, 1976. On March 1, 1982 he became the first Grand Prairie Police Officer to be killed in the line of duty. Officer King was investigating an accident on Interstate 30 near the N.W. 7th street overpass. He was killed in when a drunk driver struck his squad car from the rear, sending it into a spin, striking and killing Officer King. He is survived by his wife, Carolyn, and his son, Michael, who was 18-months-old at the time of his line of duty death.  

Sergeant Gregory L. Hunter
End of Watch: June 18, 2004 
 
Sergeant Gregory L. Hunter began his law enforcement career with the Grand Prairie Police Department on January 4, 1973. He was the city’s first African American Officer to be commissioned by the Texas Commission on Law Enforcement. On Friday, June 18, 2004, Sergeant Hunter was mortally wounded while he and officer Bruce Seix investigated a suspicious vehicle at Wal-Mart. Sergeant Hunter was ambushed by the suspect who opened fire as he emerged from behind a curtain inside of his van. Sergeant Hunter is survived by his wife Denise and their daughter Erin.
 



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