Police officer killed 20 years ago inspired Winston-Salem memorial

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Tanya Tise, the widow of Lt. Aaron Tise, left a bouquet of flowers at the memorial in front of the Police Department building. (Credit: DAVID ROLFE/JOURNAL)

WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. — In May 1992, police Lt. Aaron Tise told his wife that he was inspired by a ceremony for fallen law-enforcement officers and was talking with his Winston-Salem colleagues about building a memorial.

His wife told him it was a good idea.

A month later, he was dead. A stolen road grader crushed his patrol car near Lakeside Apartments.

“You put it in the back of your mind, thinking, ‘That’s not going to happen to my husband,’ ” his widow, Tanya Tise, said this week.

The police memorial he envisioned stands today in front of the Winston-Salem Police Department building on North Cherry Street. Tanya Tise placed flowers there Tuesday morning on the 20th anniversary of his death.

At a ceremony honoring fallen officers, Tanya Tise was joined by other wives who had lost their husbands in the line of duty.

This article was written by Michael Hewlett and originally published by The Winston-Salem Journal. Click here to read more.