Memorial

TPD Fallen Officers - Honoring those officers that made the ultimate sacrifice

Police Officer Terrelle Lee "Terry" Adams

Tifton Police Department, GA
EOW: Wednesday, April 22, 2009
Cause of Death: Motorcycle accident

Officer Terry Adams was killed in a motorcycle accident on Tift Avenue. He was driving the motorcycle with his emergency equipment activated when a pickup truck pulled out of a shopping center and Officer Adams collided with the driver's side door of the truck. He succumbed to his injuries while being transported to a local hospital. Officer Adams served with the agency for seven years. He is survived by his wife and four children.

Patrolman Mercer Leroy Denby

Tifton Police Department, GA
EOW: Friday, August 28, 1942
Cause of Death: Gunfire

Patrolman Mercer Denby and Chief Joseph Henderson were shot and killed by a drunken soldier which had been arrested by Patrolman Denby. The suspect was able to gain control of Patrolman Denby's weapon and aim and shoot at him. The suspect then fled into the streets and started to fire the gun randomly. Chief Henderson was shot when he rushed to the scene to assist Patrolman Denby. Patrolman Denby succumbed to his wounds 6 weeks later. The suspect was sentenced to death and executed in the electric chair at Reidsville State Prison on May 28, 1943.

Chief of Police Joseph Stephen Henderson

Tifton Police Department, GA
EOW: Saturday, July 18, 1942
Cause of Death: Gunfire

Chief Joseph Henderson and Patrolman Mercer Denby were shot and killed by a drunken soldier, which had been arrested by Patrolman Denby. The suspect was able to gain control of Patrolman Denby's weapon and shot him, Patrolman Denby. The suspect then fled into the streets and started to fire the gun randomly. Chief Henderson was shot when he rushed to the scene to assist Patrolman Denby. Patrolman Denby succumbed to his wounds 6 weeks later. The suspect was sentenced to death and executed in the electric chair at Reidsville State Prison on May 28, 1943. Chief Henderson served with the agency for 14 years. He was survived by his wife and four children.


If wealth is what you seek as a peacekeeper, you will not find it here. If it is fame and glory that you seek as a peacemaker, you will be sorely disappointed. If your purpose for wearing a badge is to seek political gain, you need to look elsewhere; there is no room for you here. But if your desire is to give of yourself for the good of mankind, our door is open. If you are willing to fight for what is right, against what is wrong, against all odds, you are welcome here. If you believe in God and Country and would give your life in the service of both, we have a place for you. For it is the souls of those that serve with honor, pride, and integrity that will form the foundation upon which Eternity will be built.
Lt. Terry L. Kiser
Tifton Police Department