Tippah honors fallen officers

By Hank Wiesner | Southern Sentinel

RIPLEY – A memorial to two Tippah County law enforcement officers killed in the line of duty more than 60 years apart was dedicated Saturday at the Tippah County Sheriff’s Department.
Two wreaths were placed on the gray granite memorial outside the Sheriff’s Department in memory of Tippah Deputy DeWayne Crenshaw and Constable Ola Crum, who were both shot to death. A representative from each family placed the wreaths.
Crenshaw’s wife, Jane Crenshaw, presented a painting representing the nation’s fallen law enforcement officers, given in memory of her husband.
After the program, she said the ceremony was “emotional, but well-deserved. I’m proud so many people came out, and I pray this never happens again.”
Crenshaw, 62, was slain before dawn Dec. 3, 2010, at a residence on County Road 500 northeast of Ripley.
Crum, 50, was killed July 5, 1947, at a residence about three miles east of Blue Mountain. Both men were killed while responding to pre-dawn disturbance calls.
Earlier this year, Franklin Fitzpatrick, 26, of Pontotoc was indicted for capital murder in Crenshaw’s death. Fitzpatrick was arrested following the predawn shooting. He is being held at the state penitentiary at Parchman.
The man who shot Crum later served time for the crime.
Crum’s grandson, Ola Thomas, was present for the ceremony.
hank.wiesner@journalinc.com