Two of Corporal Toal's family members were on hand for this special ceremony (first picture). Tracey Nave drove in from Seminole and Jacob Mayo lives in Odessa. Tracey and Jacob remember when this happened. Tracey was 11-years-old and Jacob was 6-years-old. They are grateful to OPD for paying tribute to their 2nd cousin every year.
Here's the background: On August 19th of 1982, he was killed in a motorcycle accident while
performing a funeral escort. Corporal Toal was the first Odessa Police Officer who lost his life in the line of duty.
The Odessa Police Honor Guard placed a wreath at the memorial statue on the front lawn of the police department. It will be displayed until sunset. Anyone wishing to show their respects is encouraged to visit our memorial during this time.