Fort Worth Police and Firefighters Memorial
Memorial Location

The memorial is located on the north end of Trinity Park along West 7th Street. It occupies approximately five acres of park. » Get Directions

Hours of Operation
5:00am - 11:30pm
The displays and paths are always illuminated.

Contact Information

By Mail
3801 Hulen Suite 101
Fort Worth, Texas 76107

By Phone
817-870-2171

A promise of remembrance.

Jeff C. Couch

Age:
25

Length of Service:
Two Months

Date of Injury:
Twelfth Street @ Commerce

Date of Death:
December 20, 1920

Location of Incident:
December 20, 1920

Burial:
Oakwood Cemetery

Summary:
Officer Jeff C. Couch 25 years old and had worked for the Fort Worth Police Department for two months. On December 20, he responded to the sounds of gunfire and found two men at Twelfth and Rusk at the Dollar Dodge Garage. After hearing the argument, Officer Couch decided to arrest both men. One of these men, Thomas Vickery, pulled his two pistols and forced Officer Couch to back up to a wall of the garage. He then shot Officer Couch seven times. Vickery quickly turned himself in the sheriff and was placed in jail. He immediately confessed to the crime. On December 22, 1920, a well organized mob went to the jail and overpowered the night jailer. They took Vickery out of the jail and placed him in a waiting car. Vickery’s body was found a short time later near the Samuel Avenue bridge. He was hanging from a hackberry tree. His neck was broken and he had been shot numerous times in the head and torso. The members of the mob were never identified

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