The Wake Forest Police Memorial is dedicated to Wake Forest police officers who have lost their lives in the line of duty.
The dedication for the Wake Forest Police Department Memorial was held on May 30, 1999. Fallen Wake Forest Police officers are remembered each May 15th on National Peace Officers' Memorial Day. These officers are also honored at a ceremony conducted at the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial in Washington, DC. The Wake Forest Police Memorial is located in front of the main station, located at 225 South Taylor Street.
Fallen Wake Forest Police Officers
John L. Taylor
End of Watch - May 30, 1944
On May 30, 1944, Constable John L. Taylor was fatally shot while investigating a rape reported just south of Wake Forest. As Wake Forest night policeman, W. O. Nuckles, and Constable Taylor were searching the area for the suspect, Constable Taylor was struck twice by pistol bullets.
The suspect was apprehended a short time later and died in the state's Central Prison gas chamber.
George C. Mitchell
End of Watch - April 26, 1947
On April 26, 1947, Chief George Cree Mitchell, 54, was fatally injured when his car collided with a bus near the Town of Forestville. The bus driver had reported he had swerved to avoid a car that had just pulled out of a local gas station. On his way back to Wake Forest, Chief Mitchell was apparently unable to turn quickly enough to avoid the crash.
Chief Mitchell was survived by his wife and several children. He served as Chief of Police from Oct 1, 1938, to April 26, 1947.
End of Watch - Feb. 26, 1984
On February 26, 1984, Officer Cecil Enlow, 41, suffered a fatal heart attack after making an arrest at a domestic disturbance call. When he arrived on the scene he was met by a man with a shotgun. He was able to talk the man into giving up the shotgun and arrested him. Officer Enlow transported the man to jail.
After returning to town he suffered the heart attack due to the stress from the incident.
With Sincere Appreciation
It is with sincere appreciation that the Wake Forest Police Department recognizes the following businesses and individuals who have made this memorial a reality:
Wake Forest Womans Club
Ammons Pittman Realty
Ted Wilder, State Farm Insurance
Millridge Investments, Inc.
Privette Insurance Agency
Wake Forest Portait Shoppe
Wake Forest Federal Savings & Loan Association
Carolina Excellence Healthclub, Inc.
Jones Hardware & Building Supply
Hoops for Wake Forest
Southeastern Emergency Mgmt.
Summit Mfg., Inc.
Diazit Company, Inc.
Holding Oil Co., Inc.
Goodson & Assocs.
Cawthorne, Moss, Panciera, P.C.
Wake Forest Garden Club
Wake Forest Florist
Wake Forest Animal Hospital
Dr. Larry H. Ray
M. Greg Harrington