Alexandria police held a wreath-laying ceremony in the 200 block of S. Alfred Street, to commemorate the 80th anniversary of the death of city police Sergeant Elton Hummer.
During his mignight shift on August 18, 1928, Hummer was found in an alley next to 224 S. Alfred Street with three gunshots to the chest. He was pronounced dead on arrival at Alexandria Hospital.
Alexandria has lost 18 law enforcement officers; however, Hummers murder is the only unsolved case. The Alexandria Historical Society recently submitted a proposal to City Council to have the alley where Sergeant Hummer was killed named Hummer Alley.
Alexandrias police honor guard and a member of the Alexandria Pipes and Drums participated in the ceremony. Captain William Johnson performed the welcome and invocation. Alexandria Police Chief David Baker said a few words as did Douglas Thurman. Sheriff Dana Lawhorne, Vice Mayor Del Pepper and Deputy City Manager Michele Evans were also in attendance. The wreath can be viewed at the police memorial at Waterfront Park.