Ceremony honoring fallen Tarleton police officer moved to TSC

Officer W.A. Hail

Officer W.A. Hail

Wednesday, December 12, 2018

STEPHENVILLE, Texas — A ceremony memorializing the 40th anniversary of the passing of Tarleton State University police officer W.A. Hail have been moved to the ballrooms of the Barry B. Thompson Student Center in Stephenville.

Originally to be held on the parking lot of the Tarleton Police Department at 1 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 13, the ceremony is moving inside due to anticipated inclement weather.

Hail’s family will present a portrait of the fallen officer to campus police at the ceremony and announce a scholarship in his honor.

In May, Hail’s name was added to the Texas Law Enforcement Monument located in Austin on the grounds of the capitol. In addition, his name was placed on the National Law Enforcement Monument in Washington, D.C.

He suffered a fatal heart attack in December 1978 while pursuing several male students following a report they were congregating around a female residence hall.

The public is invited to the ceremony. Parking will be available on the north end of Lot P20.

Tarleton, founding member of The Texas A&M University System, provides a student-focused, value-driven education marked by academic innovation and a dedication to transform today’s scholars into tomorrow’s leaders. It offers degree programs to more than 13,000 students at Stephenville, Fort Worth, Waco, Midlothian, RELLIS Academic Alliance in Bryan, and online, emphasizing real-world learning experiences that address societal needs while maintaining its core values of tradition, integrity, civility, excellence, leadership and service.


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A founding member of The Texas A&M University System, Tarleton is breaking records — in enrollment, research, scholarship, athletics, philanthropy and engagement — while transforming the lives of more than 16,000 students in Stephenville, Fort Worth, Waco, Midlothian, A&M RELLIS at Bryan and online. True to Tarleton’s values of excellence, integrity, and respect, academic programs emphasize real world learning and address regional, state and national needs.