Public Safety

Officer James L. Davis, Jr. Memorial

On Friday, Sept. 24, 2004, Officer James L. Davis, Jr. was killed in the line of duty. Officer Davis was 31, a husband and the father of three young children. Raised in Fort Wayne, Ind., he was a 1995 graduate of Indiana University, where he double-majored in Criminal Justice and Afro-American Studies. After graduation, he entered the army and served as a military policeman. After his discharge, he worked as a corporate security officer for Conseco and served as an instructor for troubled youth in a program called Project Impact. A friend who worked with him at Project Impact noted that "Davis believed there were no bad children, just children who made bad decisions or came from a bad environment." James joined BUPD in January 2003 and was working on an MBA at the time of his death.

The James L. Davis Children's Trust Fund has been established for his three children. Donations are being accepted at all Indiana National City Bank branches. At Butler, the dependent children of a full-time staff member who dies while in the service of the University are permitted to attend Butler under the auspices of its employee tuition remission program, which covers all tuition and fees.

Photo of a memorial to Officer James L. Davis, Jr.