Fallen Heroes

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The Odessa Peace Officers Memorial Foundation presented its monument in honor and memory of the five fallen Odessa Police Department officers: Corporal Gordon Terry Toal, Officer Scott Stanton Smith, Corporals Arlie "Lee" Jones Jr., John Scott Gardner and Abel Renteria Marquez.

Since October of 2007, the Foundation worked very diligently to raise money to build a monument in memory of the officers that were ambushed in September of 2007 while responding to a domestic disturbance. The monument would also honor the two Odessa Motorcycle Officers who died in the line of the duty during the 1980's.

With the help of generous donators, fund raising efforts and volunteers, the Foundation's dream became a reality. The monument, a statue of St. Michael the Archangel with a fallen officer, was dedicated on September 3, 2010, and sits on the front lawn of the Odessa Police Department.

Mr. Paul Tadlock of Gruene, Texas sculpted the statue. It sits atop a 3 foot granite base with bronze name plates of the fallen officers. Four beautiful benches, air brushed with the fallen officers badges, also adorn the lawn.  

Fallen Heros

Corporal Arlie Jones

End of Watch: September 8, 2007
Age: 48
Tour of Duty: 23 Years
Badge Number: 474

Cpl. Jones served with the Odessa Police Department for 23 years.

Corporal John (Scott) Gardner

End of Watch: September 8, 2007
Age: 30
Tour of Duty: 4 Years, 5 Months
Badge Number: 486

Cpl. Gardner served with the agency for just over 4 years and had previously served as an animal control officer.

Corporal Abel Marquez

End of Watch: September 12, 2007
Age: 32
Tour of Duty: 7 Years, 1 Month
Badge Number: 422

Cpl. Marquez served with the Odessa Police Department for 7 years.

Officer Scott Smith

End of Watch: February 6, 1988
Age: 25
Tour of Duty: 3 Years
Badge Number: 570

Officer Smith died of injuries he sustained when his motorcycle was struck by a motor vehicle as he responded to a burglary in progress call. Officer Smith lived on life support for six months after the incident. He was assigned to the Traffic Division.
Officer Smith had been with the agency for three years and is survived by his wife, two daughters, and parents. 

Corporal Gordon Terry Toal

End of Watch: August 19, 1982
Age: 36
Tour of Duty: 2 Years
Badge Number: 410

Officer Toal was killed in a motorcycle accident while performing a funeral escort. He was assigned to the Traffic Division.