An effort is under way to ensure a police officer who died in the line of duty is honored at the national level.
And the effort includes finding the officer’s descendants.
James H. Hutchison was an officer for the Healdton Police Department in Feb. 18, 1930, when he suffered a gunshot wound while attempting to arrest Charlie Smith. Smith was wanted for defaulting on his bond following a conviction for manslaughter in the death of a young girl who he had run over.
Hutchison was wounded in the knee and failed to recover. He contracted pneumonia and developed an infection and died a little more than a month later.
Healdton Chief Shannon Davis says he has been in contact with Butch Bridges and is trying to find relatives of Hutchison to let them know he is not forgotten.
“We found a possible granddaughter in Chandler, Arizona, but did not have a good contact number,” Davis says. “This is one of those things where we want to do what is right.”
The website of the Oklahoma Law Enforcement Memorial lists Hutchison among its officers, but he is not listed on the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial website.
If someone knows a surviving relative of Hutchison’s, they can contact Davis at the Healdton Police Department or can email Bridges at firstname.lastname@example.org.