Poland Township Government, 3339 Dobbins Road, Poland, OH 44514
Phone: 330.757.0733
Poland Township Government
3339 Dobbins Road, Poland, OH 44514
Phone: 330.757.0733

In Memory

Patrolman Charles Yates
Patrolman Charles Yates
Poland Police Department
Died, March 30, 1984

In Memory Of Patrolman Richard Elton Becker, Died In The Line Of Duty—Poland Police Department
Patrolman Richard Elton Becker
Poland Police Department
Died In The Line Of Duty
Poland Township Police Department, May 02, 1979
Born, July 1, 1947
Died, November 06, 1983
The Crime Clinic Of Greater Youngstown, Ohio
“A Part of America Died”
Somebody killed a policeman today,
and a part of America died.
A piece of our country he swore to protect,
will be buried with him at his side.
The suspect that shot him will stand up in court,
with counsel demanding his rights.
While a young widowed mother must work for her kids,
and spend many long, lonely nights.
The beat that he walked was a battle field too,
just as if he'd gone off to war.
Though the flag of our nation won't fly at half mast,
to his name they will add a gold star.
Yes, somebody killed a policeman today,
in your town or mine.
While we slept in comfort behind our locked doors,
a cop put his life on the line.
Now his ghost walks a beat on a dark city street,
and he stands at each new rookie's side.
He answered the call, of himself gave his all,
and a part of America died.
©1984 America Police Hall of Fame. North Port, Florida

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