Tampa Police Department Headquarters
411 N. Franklin Street
Tampa, FL 33602
Mayor Jane Castor, Chief Mary O'Connor, and Tampa Police staff will be joined by members of the community for a Memorial Remembrance Ceremony as the Tampa Police Department Honor Guard pays tribute to the memory of Officer Henry R. Lett, and his line of duty death 100 years ago.
On the evening of September 24, 1922, Officer Lett, age 38, and Officer J. M. Bird responded to Central Avenue near Constant Street (what is roughly today's Laurel Street) for the report of a male suspect who was threatening to shoot a woman in a restaurant.
The officers were walking toward the suspect, who was standing on a street corner, to arrest him for disorderly conduct when he dashed into an alley reached for his gun. Officer Lett reached for his gun at the same time and they both fired two shots. Both were wounded, the suspect survived. Officer Lett died that later that night at a local hospital.
"Although a century has passed, we will never forget the ultimate sacrifice Officer Lett made in his dedication to protect and serve a community", said Chief O'Connor. "Thirty-two officers of this department have made the same sacrifice in the performance of their duties. They were not strangers, they were members of our community. We honor them every day, and they will never be forgotten".