A historical sacrifice to honor, preserve and remember.
A special temporary exhibit, provided by the Denver Police Museum, about the life of Willie Steam, will be on display throughout the month of February at the Library.
Willie O. Steam, an African American police officer was one of the first African American officers killed in the line of duty. He was shot and killed February 18, 1921 after he shut down a dance hall that had operated without a license. Officer Steam was shot seven years earlier in another incident from which he completely recovered. Friends indicated that the prior incident had really made him a very brave and fearless man who would apprehend criminals in dangerous situations many times without back up. Officer Steam was also a veteran of World War I.