January 24 – FLOYD COUNTY – On the anniversary of his death, Floyd County officers took time to remember Deputy Daniel Mayfield for giving his life in the line of duty on January 24, 1926.
Even though none of the current county police knew of Mayfield, they recognized his sacrifice Tuesday. The Floyd County Sheriff’s Office posted about Mayfield on its website and social media.
Around 4 a.m. that January day, Mayfield and several other officers encountered suspects in a bank robbery that had occurred in New Albany. The officers chased the suspects to a bridge over Falling Run Creek and a shootout ensued.
During the gunfight, Deputy Mayfield, 59, was shot and killed. One suspect also died in the gunfight, but none of the remaining five were tried for Mayfield’s murder.
“Every officer risks their life as they walk out that door, not knowing if they will come back at the end of their watch,” said Floyd County Sheriff Steve Bush.
Mayfield was survived by his wife, daughter and two sons. He has grandchildren who are still in Floyd County, some of whom worked in the sheriff’s office.
The sheriff’s office has experienced another death besides Mayfield. The other was Frank Denzinger. He gave his life on June 18, 2007 while answering a domestic dispute. He was shot after getting out of his car.
“Frank was just a big part of our department and the heart of our department,” said Jeff Firkins, deputy chief of the Floyd County Sheriff’s Office. “We often remember him… the sacrifice he made, his family giving back to the community and he is certainly still a big part of this chapter.”
On the anniversary of Denzinger’s death, the sheriff’s department is posting a similar memorial post on its website and social media.
Denzinger is survived by siblings and other extended family.
“It was very tragic… what happened,” Bush said. “They lost a good man (Denzinger), a husband, a father, a colleague. We will always remember his sacrifice, along with Daniel Mayfield…they made the ultimate sacrifice and that is always very tragic.”