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.

William Vernon Welch


Length of Service:
Six Years

Date of Injury:
May 20, 1973

Date of Death:
May 21, 1973

Location of Incident:
4301 Camp Bowie

Comanche Cemetery

Officer William Vernon Welch died May 21, 1973 from a gunshot wound he had received several hours before. Officer Welch had walked into a robbery in progress at the Seven-Eleven store on Camp Bowie. The suspect was standing at the store counter when Officer Welch entered. The suspect turned and fired point blank, striking Officer Welch in the chest. The suspect, later identified as Edward D. Webb, then fled the scene on foot.

After initially falling, Officer Welch was able to rise to his feet and empty his revolver at the fleeing man. Officer Welch was taken to John Peter Smith Hospital where he died several hours later after surgery.

Edward D. Webb was a career criminal with numerous convictions and arrests ranging from shoplifting to rape. He was on parole when he murdered Officer Welch.

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