Livingston deputy killed in 1890 among fallen law enforcement honored in Washington D.C.

WASHINGTON D.C. – May 15th every year marks National Peace Officer’s Day. It was 1962 when then President John F. Kennedy signed a proclamation designating the day and the week May 15th falls in, is now observed as National Police Week. The entire week honors the men and women who gave the ultimate sacrifice with ceremonies for their families. Plus, 26,000 names of fallen officers are etched annually into the Fallen Officers Memorial Wall in Washington D.C.

The memorial wall in Washington D.C. spans three acres and has over 26,000 names of law enforcement people who have died in the line of duty since 1796. Last year 556 names were added to the wall in honor of those killed in 2022. Among them was East Baton Rouge Sheriff’s Sgt. Nick Tullier.


This year, several Louisiana names will join the more than 24,000 names etched in the wall. Added to the wall this year are Denham Springs Cpl. Shawn Kelly, ambushed in the line of duty, and two Baton Rouge Police officers killed after their helicopter went down: Sgt. David Poirrier & Cpl. Scotty Canezaro, St. Francisville’s Carl Kimball as well as Livingston Sheriff’s Deputy Robert McKinney & George “Bud” White.

The oldest name in that group is George C. “Bud” White who became a Deputy Sheriff for the Livingston Parish Sheriff’s Office around 1886. White was killed at the age of 32 in 1890 after being ambushed during his investigations into a jail break and complaints of “retailing spiritous liquors without a license”.

White and his horse were killed by a pellet of buckshot. No one was convicted of the murder.

White is being honored in Washington D.C. this year because officials learned of his death on 2019.

“We were contacted by an amateur historian back in 2019 and did some research since then to make sure it was line of duty death,” said LPSO Sheriff Jason Ard. “We had to find old newspapers and court records and that’s why he’s being recognized this year in Washington.”

LPSO Cpl. Robert McKinney is also memorialized on the wall this year as a ‘line of duty’ death.

“It is so amazing that my dad is being given this honor! He always talked on how he loved his job! I just know he’s smiling down on us from the kingdom of all kingdoms! My mom and I are so proud and honored that we get to share this special moment with not only our family, friends, and community but also nationally for everyone to get a glimpse of how special and selfless he was and how much he is missed.” his daughter, Presley McKinney said.

James and Mary Tullier, parents of Deputy Nick Tullier, also made the trip back in D.C. this week.

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