Today marks the 12th anniversary of the death of one of Helena-West Helena's most beloved police officers.

 

Today marks the 12th anniversary of the death of one of Helena-West Helena's most beloved police officers.
As an officer of the Helena Police Department Capt. Richard Wyssbrod went to work each day to protect the people of Helena.
On Tuesday, June 30, 1998 Wyssbrod was responding to a 911 call from a victim of domestic abuse when he was shot and killed.
He began his career with the Marvell Police Department where he served four years before  joining the Helena Police Department. His peers remember him as a model police officer - an honest man who enforced the law with a firm, yet fair, hand. Wyssbrod worked tirelessly to establish neighborhood and community watch programs in Helena. He was actively involved in youth programs, speaking to children about the dangers of illegal drugs.
Capt. Wyssbrod was the first police officer to be killed in the line of duty in Helena. His name was added to the National Law Enforcement Officers' Memorial in Washington. The inscription on that wall states, “It is not how these men died that made them heroes. It is how they lived.”