Night of Remembering Clarksville’s Fallen Officers

Members of the Clarksville Town Council paused at the start of their May meeting to pay tribute to the Clarksville law enforcement officers who have given their lives in the line of duty.

Clarksville has had three officers killed in the line of duty, dating back to July 14, 1883 when Constable G.W.R. Averett died after sustaining a gunshot wound while attempting to break up a fight on Virginia Avenue.

On December 30, 1929, Officer Malcolm E. “Mack” Tuck died during a raid on a still when the officers in the raid were ambushed. Tuck, along with a deputy, died of a single shotgun blast as they were ambushed.

On March 12,1985, Officer Harvey Glenn Lawson was fatally shot and killed during a shootout after a traffic stop on Fourth Street. Tuck, 21 years old, had only been an officer for about a year at the time of his death.

Chief Ricky Wilkerson praised the three officers who died giving their lives for the citizens and the good of the community. Chief Wilkerson,  an officer on duty with Lawson on the evening of March 12, remembered the shooting incident vividly and spoke highly of his friend.

Pictured below is Brittany Hite- great granddaughter of Officer Tuck, Beth Jackson- Daughter of Officer Lawson ,Gay and Harvey Lawson, parents of Officer Lawson, Ricky Wilkerson-Police Chief, and Kevin Allgood-Clarksville Mayor.