Friday, February 20, 2015

PGPD Remembers Fallen Officer Carroll D. Garrison

Officer Carroll D. Garrison

Let us pause to remember our Fallen Hero, Officer Carroll D. Garrison, lost this day in 1973 while investigating a reported breaking & entering in Adam Sector.

Ofc. Garrison was born on April 16, 1941.  He was raised in Hyattsville, Maryland.  Upon completing high school, Ofc. Garrison joined the United States Navy where he served with honor and distinction for nine years.  In 1968, Ofc. Garrison joined the Prince George's County Police Department, following in the footsteps of his father, Sergeant Carroll V. Garrison.  The elder Garrison had recently retired from the Department after being wounded during a bank robbery in Henry Sector.  The junior Garrison, upon graduating from the Academy, was assigned to the Hyattsville Station.

At approximately 8:10 pm on the evening of February 20, 1973, Ofc. Garrison responded to a complaint of a breaking & entering in progress at 6519 Medwick Drive, Hyattsville, Maryland.  A neighbor had called police after seeing flashlight movement inside of the residence.  Ofc. Garrison was the first officer on scene and discovered a broken window to the rear of the residence.  As Ofc. Garrison approached the window to investigate further, the homeowner, believing the officer to be an intruder, discharged a shotgun from within the residence striking the officer in the chest.  Ofc. Garrison was rushed to Washington Adventist Hospital where he succumbed to his injuries.

Ofc. Garrison served the Prince George's County Police Department for five years and was the eighth member of this Agency to make the Ultimate Sacrifice.  He was the 11th law enforcement officer to give his life while serving this Profession within Prince George's County, Maryland.

 At the time of his death, Officer Carroll D. Garrison was 31 years old and survived by his wife.

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