The Tecumseh Police Department, in a ceremony Tuesday evening, unveiled its Fallen Officers Memorial that honors three officers killed in the line of duty in the department's history, including Justin Terney, who died one year ago on March 27, 2017.

The Tecumseh Police Department, in a ceremony Tuesday evening, unveiled its Fallen Officers Memorial that honors three officers killed in the line of duty in the department's history, including Justin Terney, who died one year ago on March 27, 2017.

Acting Tecumseh Police Chief JR Kidney said they wanted to make sure there was a forever memory of Officer Justin Terney, and in approaching the one-year anniversary of his death, the city decided to honor all of the Tecumseh officers killed in the line of duty in the department's history. Those recognized on the monument are:

• Grover Butler, 1932

• John Armstrong, 1940

• Justin Terney, 2017

Mayor Eddy Parker, who said all three men sacrificed their lives for the city, spoke briefly about each one.

Butler became chief of police in Tecumseh in 1928 and in 1932 was shot by a suspect while making rounds behind the Tecumseh Post Office. Before he died, Butler was able to identify his shooter.

Armstrong and another constable went to a farm one morning in 1940 to serve a judgment for an unpaid bill of $7.10 worth of gasoline plus court costs, Parker said. The suspect couldn't pay and faced a vehicle lien; that suspect fatally shot Armstrong in the upper chest and neck with a shotgun.

Parker then spoke about Terney being shot and killed a year ago while pursuing a fleeing suspect after a traffic stop. Terney deployed his taser, but it had no effect. Terney was shot several times but returned fire and wounded the suspect, who now faces murder charges. Terney served the Tecumseh Police Department for one year.

Several area police officers, firefighters and first responders attended the event, as well as members of Terney's family and members of the Butler family. Kidney said they attempted, but had no luck finding descendants of Constable Armstrong.

Several spoke during the event, including Edmond Police Sgt. Nathan Fountain, who is also the great-grandson of Butler.

“I knew when I was 13 years old this is what I wanted to do,” he said about being a police officer in Edmond for 16 years, while also remembering being in Tecumseh in 1985 when his Papaw cut the ribbon for the opening of the current Tecumseh Police Department .

“I love what I do — I know Justin loved what he did,” he said, fighting back emotions. “It's not a job — it's a calling and I'm grateful to be able to do it.”

He thanked the city and police department for having this memorial for the families.

Terney's brother, Cory Terney, briefly spoke and thanked everyone for the memorial.

“It's been well documented that Justin wanted to be a police officer since he was 3-year-old... The day he interviewed for the job here in Tecumseh, he came to see me and the look of excitement on his face that day was the same look when he told our family what he wanted to do for the rest of his life.”

Cory Terney thanked the Tecumseh Police Department for allowing Justin Terney to live his dream.

“It was short-lived, but he was happy doing it. We'll forever be grateful for that,” he said.