Fallen Police Officer Honored After 53 Years

The Solomon Ortiz Center played host to the seventh annual Coastal Bend Peace Officer Memorial Day Ceremony on Monday.

It was a chance for police officers to take a moment and pay tribute to those comrades that have fallen in the line of duty.

Among those honored on Monday was an officer that was killed 53 years ago, finally being acknowledge for his service.

"He was more than just a name on a wall, just as most of the men and women on these walls," said Michael Dolan, son of local hero Frank Dolan.

Sgt. Frank Dolan died back in 1960. He was returning from a meeting with law enforcement officers in Alice when he was killed in a car accident. Now, more than 53 years later, the Corpus Christi Police Department finally honored his service to the community.
"It has been a long time, and I am very thankful to CCPD for allowing him to finally be honored," Dolan said. "It's been a long time coming."

The Corpus Christi Police Department started looking at Dolan's case three years ago. They said the reason why he was never honored before was because the standards were different in the 60s. Nevertheless, the family is happy to finally share their father's story with the Coastal Bend.

"Being a police man to my father was a lot more than just a job," Dolan said. "It's what he was. It's who he was. He was Sergeant Frank Dolan."

Sgt. Dolan was also honored in Washington D.C. Monday night by the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Foundation. They will be adding his name to the National Officers Memorial.


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