This page is dedicated to the Law Enforcement Officers of the Bowie Police Department who have paid the ultimate sacrifice in the performance of their duties. They have given their lives to protect and keep each citizen safe from harm's way. May we never forget the sacrifice that each has made. To their families and loved ones who survive we offer our consolation and firmly believe that "in valor there is hope."
Tommy Lee Roland
Officer Tommy Lee Roland was fatally injured when a truck
struck his patrol car from the rear on June 4, 1959. Flames covered the
car immediately after the impact and Officer Roland suffered severe
burns, was overcome by smoke and hot gases, and sustained a head injury.
He was taken to the Bowie Hospital where he later died from his
Officer Roland was born May 29, 1896 and lived in Montague
County throughout his career. He had been a law enforcement officer for
five years, having served in Saint Jo, Texas for about one year before
joining the Bowie Police Department.
Officer Tommy Lee Roland gave the ultimate sacrifice!
William H. "Jack" Hill,
Officer William Hill was shot while assisting other officers conduct a liquor raid on a service station on June 18, 1932.
The owner of the station opened fire on the officers, mortally wounding Officer Hill. Other officers returned fire and killed the suspect. Officer Hill was taken to a local hospital where he remained until succumbing to his wounds three weeks later on July 6, 1932 at the age of 44.
Officer Hill had served with the Bowie Police Department for 3 years.