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

A promise of remembrance.

Joe V. Graham


Length of Service:
9 years

Date of Birth:
August 19, 1896

Date of Injury:
March 27, 1935

Date of Death:
May 10, 1935

Location of Incident:
25th Street at Market

Mount Olivet Cemetery

On March 27, 1935, Officer Joe V. Graham was off duty and on his way home when he was involved in a traffic accident at 25th and Market. Officer Graham noticed that the driver of the car, Dee Miller, was intoxicated. Officer Graham decided to arrest Miller for the offense.

As Officer Graham attempted the arrest, Miller began resisting, and bit Officer Graham on the tip of his right middle finger. Officer Graham was able to effect the arrest despite the minor injury. By April 1, Officer Graham hand began to swell as an infection set in. On April 11, Officer Graham was admitted to a hospital for emergency surgery and had the finger amputated. Officer Graham’s condition began to improve after the surgery, but the improvement was short lived.

A week after the surgery, Officer Grahams hand again began to swell. His fever shot up and his hand began to swell. He was admitted to the hospital but nothing could be done for him. Officer Graham died on May 10, 1935.

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