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Remember the fallen in Waterloo


It was a day to remember those killed in the line of duty.

Thirty years ago, it was an incident that changed the Waterloo Police Department forever, when it lost two officers who were simply responding to a noise complaint.

T-Bone Taylor shot to death officers Wayne Rice and Mike Hoing on Franklin Street in Waterloo. Later that week, Black Hawk County Sheriff's Deputy, Bill Mullikin died in a crash during the search for Taylor.

On Wednesday, friends, family, and fellow officers paid their respects to those three men.

At Wednesday's memorial service a number of people holding back tears as the memories rushed back.

"Thirty years seems like a long time to many of us, but to the friends and family of these officers it was like it happened yesterday," said Director of Safety Services, Dan Trelka.

While she was only 11 when the murders happened, Barb Rice remembers those days after the murders all too well, but that isn't how she chooses to remember her big brother.

"I remember him talking about a little boy that he found wandering one day around a neighborhood and he was too little to tell him where the house was and my brother put him in a squad car and drove him around until he perked up and acted like he recognized something and Wayne was very proud that he helped that they found the mom right away. The little boy wasn't lost for very long," said Rice.

Officers put their lives on the line every time they respond to a call. Hoing and Rice were responding to a noise complaint, but it turned out to be their last.

"We need to thank the officers that are working everyday. I think people kind of missed it at the time… Yes my brother was gone, yes we lost Mike, yes we lost Bill, but there were a whole bunch of people that got up the very next day and put those uniforms back on to go out and search for T-Bone Taylor and to continue to serve and protect us," said Rice.

T-Bone Taylor was eventually caught outside of La Porte City. He is currently serving two life sentences for the murders of Rice and Hoing.

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