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Memorial service to honor fallen Raleigh police officers

Posted December 5, 2016

James "Jimmy" Wade Allen and James Gale Lee had been dispatched to check in with another officer. They were killed while responding to that call when their patrol car was struck by another vehicle.

— A memorial service on Monday will remember two officers from the Raleigh Police Department who lost their lives in the line of duty on Dec. 5, 1968.

On this day almost 50 years ago, officers James "Jimmy" Wade Allen and James Gale Lee had been dispatched to check in with another officer. They were killed while responding to that call when their patrol car was struck by another vehicle.

Monday's ceremony will take place at noon at the Raleigh Police Memorial at 222 West Hargett Street, and the public is invited to attend.

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  • Rod Runner Dec 5, 2:15 p.m.
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    Interestingly, for such a good sized city, Raleigh has only had 8 officers killed in the line of duty, the first in 1922.

    3 by gunfire and 5 by automobile accidents. Astonishingly, 3 of them in 1968 including these 2 officers.

    The last one was in 2002, a motorcycle accident.

    I thank them for their service.