As you remember these fallen officers, take comfort in recalling that they dedicated their lives to the same principles of honor, duty and courage that brought you to the badge. Such a life is truly rich. Take strength in knowing that when an officer falls, our resolve to serve those in need is not diminished. Our dedication to protecting those in danger is not weakened. Our commitment to remembering those with whom we shared the badge does not fade.
Godspeed, brothers and sisters. You fought the good fight. Now rest in peace…
July 30, 2003
Police Seek Radio Dispatcher's Killer
Officer Down: Fred M. Slaughter - [Philadelphia, Pennsylvania]
By Mark Fazlollah, Philadelphia Inquirer
Homicide investigators called for the public's help yesterday in their search for the killer of Philadelphia police radio dispatcher Fred M. Slaughter.
Police found the body of Slaughter, 32, Tuesday evening in a bed at his home in the 700 block of North Preston Street near the city's Mantua section.
Slaughter, who shared the home with his mother and stepfather, had been shot in the head and stomach.
At a news conference at Police Headquarters, Homicide Capt. Richard Ross Jr. said "cooperation from the public is going to be essential."
Ross said there were no signs of forced entry and no known motive for the killing.
Investigators had found little physical evidence in the case, he said. Anyone with information is asked to call the Homicide Unit at 215-686-3334.
Slaughter, who worked eight years with the department, lay dead for hours before family members realized he had been slain, they said.
His stepfather told police he saw Slaughter in the bed but thought he was asleep. The stepfather told detectives that he tried to wake Slaughter about 7:20 p.m., found that he had been killed, and called police.
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