A memorial to honor, preserve and remember fallen officer Willie O. Steam and the unveil his new headstone. The ceremony will be held at Riverside Cemetery, Denver's oldest cemetery and the final resting place of Clara Brown, Barney Ford and more than 1,200 Civil War veterans.
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.