On July 7, 2007 Plano Police Officers were dispatched to an injury accident at the intersection of Independence Parkway and Russell Creek Drive. Upon arrival, responding Police Officers learned that the accident involved a passenger vehicle and a Plano Police Motorcycle Unit Officer. Plano Police Traffic Officer Dayle Weston (Wes) Hardy was transported by Careflight Helicopter to Baylor Hospital in Dallas where rescue efforts failed and Officer Hardy was pronounced deceased at 11:56 a.m. Officer Hardy was laid to rest in Boyd, Texas on July 12, 2007.
During a recent expansion and redecoration of the Plano Police Department, Luke Grant, a Sex Crimes Detective for the Crimes Against Persons Division, was drawn a story posted in the Police Department hallway, which told of a Plano Night Watchman who was shot to death when he interrupted the burglary of the Plano National Bank (which now is the A.R. Schell Insurance Building in Plano) in the early morning hours of February 28, 1920. Detective Grant, knowing that the Plano Police Department had enjoyed the reputation of never having lost a Police Officer in the line of duty, was drawn to this story wondering if anyone was ever punished for this and why Rye was never honored for his sacrifice.
Detective Grant spent six months looking into this case.