Sheriffs' Association of Texas

Lost Lawman

Lost Lawman Memorial Wall, Fallen Texas Peace Officers 

Sheriffs' Association of Texas Headquarters
1601 S Interstate 35
Austin TX 78741

The Lost Lawman Memorial, located at the Sheriffs' Association of Texas headquarters at 1601 South Interstate Hwy 35  in Austin, was first dedicated on May 15, 1994. In 1993, the Sheriffs' Association of Texas began research  efforts to identify, confirm and compile the names of all Sheriffs, Chief Deputies, Jailers and Deputies who have died in the line of duty throughout Texas' history. The research efforts resulted in 219 names listed in the initial dedication of the Memorial. Since that memorial, we have had the following ceremonies:

May 15, 1994 - 219 Inductees 
November 19, 1999 - 39 Inductees
November 17, 2000 - 16 Inductees
November 16, 2001 - 23 Inductees
November 22, 2002 - 28 Inductees
November 21, 2003 - 16 Inductees
November 19, 2004 - 33 Inductees
November 18, 2005 - 34 Inductees
November 17, 2006 - 23 Inductees
November 16, 2007 - 35 Inductees
November 20, 2009 - 12 Inductees
November 18, 2011 - 16 Inductees
November 22, 2013 - 5 Inductees
November 20, 2015 - 9 Inductees
November 17, 2017 - 5 Inductees
November 22, 2019 - 13 Inductees

After an expansion project in October 2005, headed by Hopf Monument in Austin, two new panels were added to the current Memorial structure. The Memorial now has 13 black granite panels, with the capacity to hold a total of 527 names. Currently, there are 526 names listed on the memorial. 

The granite used to construct the Memorial was taken from the same quarry as the black granite used to construct the Vietnam Veterans Memorial.  Many of the names which appear on these walls can also be found on the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial, located in Washington D.C. and more recently, the Texas Peace Officers' Memorial on the grounds of the Texas State Capitol.

Standing in the center, watching over the names of the Lost Lawmen, stands a lifelike Bronze statue of an early Texas Sheriff and his horse, holding his hat in his hand as he pays a final tribute to all his fallen comrades.

The artist and architect of the memorial, Bob Coffee, of Coffee, Crier & Schenck Architects in Austin, was recognized in 1999 by the Society of American Registered Architects, New York Council, with its acclaimed Design Award of Merit.

ROLL CALL
of Names Currently Listed on SAT's Lost Lawman Memorial Wall

See photos from our most recent 2019 Lost Lawman Ceremony
(photos by Robbin Cresswell, San Antonio TX)

Fallen law enforcement officers are honored online on the official national  Officer Down Memorial Page as well as at the
Texas Peace Officers' Memorial
on the Texas State Capitol Grounds. 

SAT lists all Texas fallen officers in the "In Memory" section of our print magazine, The Texas Lawman, as well as in our online newsletter, Texas Sheriffs Today.

Feel free to call us at the number below if you have any questions.

For searchable database of all of America's fallen law enforcement officers click here:  
Officer Down Memorial Page