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Hero Cop plaque dedication set for 9:30 a.m. Thursday

Hero Cop plaque dedication set for 9:30 a.m. Thursday



There will be a Hero Cop plaque dedication at 9:30 a.m. Thursday, Sept. 27, at the Lower Merion Township Police Department, 71 E. Lancaster Ave., Ardmore, Pa. 19003.

The event is one in an ongoing series of ceremonies conducted by the Montgomery County Hero Cops Program. Its aim is to honor the officers who died or were killed in the line of duty, even if the death occurred many years ago.

Montgomery County District Attorney Risa Vetri Ferman said that Thursday's ceremony will honor Officer Francis X. "Buck" Roy who was shot in the line of duty on July 3, 1924.

According to the Officer Down Memorial Page, this is what happened that day:

Officer Roy succumbed to gunshot wounds sustained two  months after he and another officer responded to a rally on the Haverford College campus in which 200 Ku Klux Klan members were burning a cross.

The officers arrived as the rally ended and attempted to question two men who were leaving the scene. When they asked the men to stop, one opened fire, striking Officer Roy in the leg and hip, and the other officer in the chin.

For two months, Officer Roy drifted in and out of consciousness, and had to have his leg amputated. He died on September 15, 1924, as a result of the wounds he sustained.

Five men were tried and acquitted for his murder. Six months later, a janitor at the college confessed to being the shooter, was convicted of manslaughter and was sentenced to 3 to 6 years in prison.

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