Last updated on August 26, 2021
In Memory of Our Fallen Officers
On May 15th 2020, National Peace Officers Memorial Day, we remember and honor our fallen heroes who paid the ultimate sacrifice for our community, Officer Jack Henry Schnell, end of watch 12/31/1982 and Officer Stephen Franklin House end of watch, 2/15/1989.
Thank you for your service.
OFFICER JACK H. SCHNELL – ID 716
Lost his life in the line of duty on December 31, 1982 at age 35
SERVED TPD FOR 14 YEARS
Officer Jack H. Schnell was taken from us on New Year’s Eve 1982. Officer Schnell was working DUI patrol on his police motorcycle when he was struck and killed by a drunk driver.
Officer Schnell lost his life at age 35, leaving behind his wonderful wife, Mary, and a young son.
The drunk driver that took Officer Schnell from us was tried and convicted to 25 years in prison, but due to an alleged heart condition, he was released by the court system three years later. The driver was later arrested for D.U.I. again in 1996.
OFFICER STEPHEN FRANKLIN HOUSE – ID 726
Lost his life in the line of duty on February 15, 1989, at age 36
SERVED TPD FOR 7 YEARS
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On February 15, 1989, Officer House was at the range for firearms qualifications. He was called back to the police department to participate in an operation with the emergency response team (SWAT). The operation centered around a suspected drug dealer, and the plan was to search the suspect’s residence for the presence of illegal drugs. The team entered the residence and took the suspect into custody; however, the suspect’s father ran to a bedroom and barricaded himself inside. Officer House tried to talk the man into coming out, but he refused to do so. As Officer House introduced a distraction device into the room and began to enter, the man began firing. Officer House received a fatal gunshot wound. The gunman was charged with murder. At the trial, he was found not guilty and was subsequently released.
Officer House lost his life at age 36, leaving behind a loving wife, Mary Ann, and four children.