Deputy U.S. Marshall Bill Tilghman  

Oklahoma Law Enforcement Hall of Fame recipients receive this special induction honor in his name – “The Bill Tilghman Award”.

The Three Guardsmen is the describing three lawmen who became legendary in their pursuit of outlaws in the old West.  Deputy U.S. Marshall Bill Tilghman, Heck Thomas, and Chris Madsen (left to right above) began “cleaning up” part of what became the State of Oklahoma in 1889.  Widely considered honest, dutiful, and capable, they were responsible for suppressing much of the outlaw element in the Indian Territory, reporting arresting in excess of some 300 desperadoes during the next decade, and killing many others.  All three had the reputation of being dauntless in their pursuit and each was known for their unique tracking abilities.  It, ironically, was from outlaws pursued by them that the nickname “Three Guardsmen” was first derived.  The Guardsmen’s claim to fame was their relentless pursuit of the members of the Doolin Gang, eliminating many of them systematically, and apprehending those that would surrender.  Deputy Marchall Heck Thomas was responsible for the killing of outlaw Bill Doolin.  Deputy Marshall Chris Madsen led a posse that killed Doolin Gang menbers “Dynamite Dan” Clifton and Richard “Little Dick” West.  Deputy Marshall Tilghman was ultimately responsible for the death of Doolin member William F. “Little Bill” Raidler.  Several other gang members were either captured or killed by the Guardsmen.  Heck Thomas retired in 1905, and in 1907 accepted a Chief of Police position in Lawton, Oklahoma.  He died in 1912.  Bill Tilghman retired from the Marshall Service and served as Chief of Police of Oklahoma City and was later elected to the Oklahoma Senate.  While serving as Cromwell Town Marshall at the age of 70, Tilghman was shot to death by a drunken prohibition agent.  Chris Madsen had retired in 1905 and died in 1944 at the age of 93.

Robert Rex Lester was born in Cheyenne, Oklahoma, on February 18, 1911, to James Moses Lester and Nannie Mae Lester.  He graduated from Cheyenne High School in 1930 and attended Panhandle A&M College in Goodwell.  In 1937 Lester was a member of the first Oklahoma Highway Patrol Academy.  With time off for service in World War II and to attend the FBI Academy, he remained on the Patrol until retired in 1958.  Bob Lester served as a Trooper, Sergeant, Lieutenant, Captain, Assistant Chief, and Acting Chief.  From 1958 to 1963 Robert Lester served as Norman’s Chief of Police.  In 196t5 he returned to the Highway Patrol as Commissioner of Public Safety – the first Trooper ever to rise through the ranks to head the organization.  Lester served as Commissioner for three Governors before leaving the Patrol again in 1971.  Mr. Lester then became Director of Security for Westinghouse Corporation.  Robert Lester’s career from 1975 until his retirement in 1986 included Chairman of the State Board of Public Affairs, Senior Administrative Assistant to Governor George Nigh, Director of the Alcohol Beverage Control Board and Director of the Council on Law Enforcement Education and Training.  In 1984 Bob Lester was chosen as Law Enforcement Officer of the Year by the National Provost Committee de La Societe des Quarante Hommes et Huit Chevauz (Fort and Eight).  Robert Lester was an active member in a number of organizations and was a lifetime member of the Advisory Board of the Norman Salvation Army.  His favorite pastimes included gardening, golf, and dancing.  Robert “Bob” Lester has two daughters – Loretta and Kathleen, two grandsons Michael Robert and David Scott Woodward, plus two great-grandsons Brandon Michael and Robert Woodward.  Bob had four brothers – Merle, Max, Wendell, Clifford and two sisters Frankie and Ruth.

Robert H. “Bob” Macy attended Earlham College, Richmond, Indiana, on a football scholarship. In 1957, Macy began his career in law enforcement as an Oklahoma City Police Officer where he worked his way through law school, receiving his Juris Doctorate from the University of Oklahoma Law School.
Macy was appointed Oklahoma County District Attorney in June 1980 by Governor George Nigh and continued to serve as District Attorney until his retirement in June of 2001. During his tenure, he sent more convicted murderers to death row than any other prosecutor in the nation.  Macy initiated programs which received national recognition and continue today such as the bogus check division; truancy program; Youth Cornerstone; specialized gang prosecution team; COMIT – The Central Oklahoma Metro Interdiction Team focusing on highway drug interdiction; and specialized victim and witness assistance programs. Macy served as President of the Oklahoma District Attorney’s association in 1991 and President of the National District Attorney’s
Association from 1992-93. Macy was awarded the, “President’s Award”
from the National District Attorney’s Association two separate times and
named Oklahoma District Attorney of the Year. Macy has been an active
member of the Oklahoma, American and Federal Bar Associations as well as
the International Association of Chiefs of Police. He served as a Regional
President of the Boy’s Club, Director of March of Dimes and President of
the Toastmasters Club. Macy is a regular participant in the annual Ben
Johnson and Reba McEntire Pro Celebrity Rodeo events which has raised
over a million dollars to benefit Children’s Medical Research. Macy is still
active in the Cowboy Crisis Fund, raising money to help needy Oklahoma  citizens pay medical bills. Macy has three children, Sheila, Teresa and
Brett.


     

  W. Roger Webb is a native Oklahoman who graduated  from Heavener High School, received a BA from OSU and was awarded his juris doctorate from the OU School of Law. Webb’s professional career began in law enforcement where he was with the Oklahoma Department of Public Safety for twelve years from 1966-1978.  Webb served as Commissioner of Public Safety for the State of Oklahoma from 1974-1978.  Roger Webb’s career in Higher Education began when he served as President of Northeastern State University in Tahlequah from 1978-1997.  In July of 1997 W. Roger Webb became the 19th President of the University of Central Oklahoma in Edmond.  Roger Webb’s commitment to law enforcement continues as he promotes education and professionalism in policing.  Under his direction UCO has taken the lead in campus security programs and has implemented or expanded criminal justice curriculums in Criminal Justice Administration, Forensic Science and most recently created the Forensic Science Institute.  President Webb was named to the Oklahoma Higher Education Hall of Fame in 1995.   He has formally served as President and Board Chair of the Oklahoma Academy and is a member of the Board of Directors of the Memorial Institute for the Prevention of Terrorism (MIPT).  Webb serves on the Board of Directors and Executive Committee of the National Consortium of Academics and Sports as well as the Board of Directors of Leadership Oklahoma, United Way, Governor’s Campus Life and Safety and Security Task Force, Oklahoma River Chesapeake Boathouse Trust, Oklahoma Business Roundtable, Governor’s International Roundtable, Edmond Chamber of Commerce and Mercy Hospital.

Richard A. (Dick) Boyd 1987

Richard A. (Dick) Boyd began his law enforcement career as an Oklahoma City Police Officer in 1964. Over the next 20 years Boyd served as a patrol officer, self defense trainer and supervisor in traffic, helicopter and jail. During his career he not only rose up through the ranks to the rank of Lieutenant, but was instrumental in the formation of Oklahoma City Fraternal Order of Police Lodge 123.  Boyd was a charter member of the lodge and served as Secretary and local FOP President. Boyd took on difficult labor situations and controversial legislative issues resulting in the FOP being recognized in Washington DC.  In 1983 Boyd was elected as President of the National Fraternal Order of Police, a position he held for four years. Through Boyd’s leadership and
personal efforts both locally and nationally, the Fraternal Order of Police
became respected as a labor union and legislative force respected by both
political parties.  Most significant of the major pieces of legislation during
his administration as National FOP President was the passage of the Fair
Labor Standards Act.  Boyd’s efforts resulted in the establishment of state
statutes that supported educational benefits, and improved the working and
living conditions of police officers in Oklahoma.  Boyd remains active in
FOP issues both locally and at the national level. He is a popular speaker on
leadership and bargaining issues and regularly conducts training throughout
the country.  Boyd has been married to Lana for 48 years. They have four
daughters, Leslie, Genesta, Allison and Julia and 10 grandchildren.