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.

John D. Nichols Jr.


Length of Service:
Two Years

Date of Injury:
December 22, 1906

Date of Death:
December 22, 1906

Location of Incident:
Twelfth and Rusk - The Standard Theater

Mount Olivet Cemetery

Officer John D. Nichols Jr. was a “special” officer and was assigned to the Standard Theater at Twelfth and Rusk. On the night of December 22, at about 11:55 p.m., Officer Nichols was called to the ticket office to settle a dispute with a customer, Barney Wise, a farmer from Red River County. Wise felt he had been cheated inside the theater. An Argument quickly ensued and Wise shot Officer Nichols once in the chest, killing him almost instantly. Nichols returned fire, wounding Wise. Officer Nichols died a few minutes later on a cot in the back of the theater. Wise recovered and was tried for the murder, but was acquitted.

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