WFPD Family Friday Employee Spotlight

** WFPD Family Friday Employee Spotlight **

We would like to introduce you to Officer Marc Montana!Officer Montana grew up in the far northern Adirondack Mountain region of New York State, which borders Ontario and Quebec, Canada. He joined the US Army – Military Police and served in Operation Desert Storm on the northern border of Saudi Arabia near Iraq and Kuwait. A short time after leaving the Army, Marc joined the Wichita Falls Police Department and graduated from the 49th Wichita Falls Police Academy in 1993.

Officer Montana is currently assigned to City Hall Security Detail under the Community Services Section. Prior to this assignment, he served as a motorcycle officer in the Traffic Unit and as a detective in the Criminal Investigations Division, working in Misdemeanors, Burglary, and the Crimes Against Persons Unit.

Officer Montana was fortunate enough to return to the Motorcycle Unit one last time prior to being transferred City Hall Security Detail.

Thank you Officer Montana for your service to our city! You are a true hero!

Artwork Donated to Dispatch Center

Derrick Roberts and his family handmade and donated a nice piece of artwork to our communications section today. This one of a kind piece honors local law enforcement, fire fighters, and public safety dispatchers.

What a kind gesture! Thank you very much!

2020 Yellow Brick Road Walk

WFPD Police Chief Manuel Borrego, Deputy Chief Guy Gilmore, Deputy Chief RW Smith, Captain Scott Vaughn, and Retired Deputy Chief Laura Drury are all graduates of the FBI National Academy.

Part of that experience included a physical fitness regimen that consisted of a number of fitness challenges throughout the session, culminating in a 6.1-mile run composed primarily of the legendary obstacle course at Marine Base Quantico, where the National Academy is located. After completing all the fitness challenges, they were awarded a yellow brick for having completed what is called the “Yellow Brick Road”.

In commemoration of that accomplishment, the FBI National Academy Association (FBINAA) is currently sponsoring the 2020 Virtual Yellow Brick Road Walk/Run to raise money for the FBINAA Charitable Foundation. Today, the above mentioned WFPD Command Staff, both current and former, participated in that event by completing a 6.1 mile walk right here in beautiful Wichita Falls!

Congratulations on your accomplishments! We are proud of you!

Scholarship Winner Announced

Meet Jacob Newton! Jacob, son of current WFPD Sgt. Paul Newton, was the recipient of this year’s WFPD Memorial Scholarship presented by the Wichita Falls Citizen Police Academy Association.

Jacob will be attending college this fall in Tennessee and studying both music and business.Congratulations Jacob! We are proud of you!

The scholarship honors the 7 WFPD officers that have lost their lives in the line of duty since 1890.

Remembering Our Fallen – Walter Tommy Collins – 1989

Today we honor Lieutenant Walter Tommy Collins.

On this date in 1989, he made the ultimate sacrifice while serving the citizens of Wichita Falls, Texas.

Lieutenant Walter Collins was shot and killed while assisting other officers respond to a call involving a man firing a .30-.30 rifle at construction workers. He and two other officers were wounded by the gunfire. Lieutenant Collins was transported to a local hospital where he succumbed to his wounds. The suspect was apprehended and sentenced to three 99 years prison terms.

Lieutenant Collins had served with the Wichita Falls Police Department for 31 years. He is survived by his wife, three children, and mother.

** WFPD Family Employee Spotlight **

Meet Public Safety Dispatcher Lindsay Rice! Lindsay was born and raised in Wichita Falls and graduated from Rider High School. She began her career with the Wichita Falls Police Department as a dispatcher in 2011. She took a brief hiatus in 2014 to care for her son but returned in 2015.

Lindsay has a calling to serve and she enjoys helping the citizens of Wichita Falls get the help they need, when they need it. She is glad that she can be the calm voice in times of emergency or uncertainty.

When she is not at work, Lindsay enjoys playing video games with her son, fishing with her boyfriend, crafting, or taking a trip in her jeep.

Thank you, Lindsay, for your dedication and service to the City of Wichita Falls! You are a true hero!

Retired WFPD Officer Passes Away

It is with a heavy heart that we share the passing of one of our former officers. Retired officer Billie Kate Collier, age 93, passed away on Saturday, July 15, 2020.

Officer Billie Kate Collier began her career with the Wichita Falls Police Department in 1953 and retired in 1988 after 34 years of dedicated service.

Our thoughts and prayers go out to her friends and family.