Today officers of the Harrisonville Police Department will continue to uphold our Fallen Not Forgotten pledge.
On April 21, 1972, Officer Donald Marler and Officer Francis Wirt were shot and killed on the Historic Harrisonville Square, as they were ambushed while walking their beat. The suspect also shot and killed citizen Orville “Jug” Allen, before committing suicide.
Patrolman Marler had served with the agency for two years. He was survived by his wife and child.
Patrolman Wirt had been on the Harrisonville Police Department for about a month after returning from serving his country in the US Marine Corps. He was survived by his parents and four brothers.
Officers Marler and Wirt, thank you for your service to the citizens of Harrisonville. May you continue to rest in peace and protect us from above.