The sun shone down on City View Cemetery as an American flag was folded over the grave site of Pasco patrolman Alva Jackson.
The flag was presented by members of the local chapter of the Fraternal Order of Police on Wednesday to commemorate the 60th anniversary of the police officer’s death.
Jackson, 38, was shot several times by Richard “Dick” Petersen, then 16, in an alley near Lewis Street and Main Avenue in 1955. The Pasco teen had shot his father and grandfather shortly before encountering Jackson.
Jackson is the only Pasco officer to be killed in the line of duty in the department’s 105-year history.
The ceremony Wednesday was attended by former and current Pasco police officers, as well as other community members. The flag will be put in a memorial for Jackson that hangs outside of the police department.
“We just don’t want to forget. You never want to forget a sacrifice,” Pasco Police Chief Bob Metzger told the Herald. “(Jackson) gave the ultimate sacrifice. He’s not just a headstone here in the cemetery.”
Jackson’s death shook the growing town of Pasco and its small police force. He left behind a wife and two daughters, who were 12 and 8 at the time.
Jackson, a military policeman in World War II, was known for his ability to connect with troubled teens in Pasco.
Petersen, whose father later died from his wounds, pleaded guilty to second-degree murder and manslaughter six months after the shooting. He was sentenced to 45 years in prison, but served under 10 years at the state penitentiary in Walla Walla.
He died in Ephrata in 2005.