Hero Down: Wichita Officer Stacy Woodson And 9-Year-Old Son Killed By Drunk

Officer Stacy Woodson was with his 9-year-old son when they were killed.

Wichita, KS –Wichita Police Officer Stacy Woodson was killed in a vehicle crash on Friday night, after a drunk driver struck the off-duty officer as he was riding on a motorcycle with his 9-year-old son.

Officer Woodson, 37, was a 16-year veteran of the Wichita Police Department, KAKE reported.

His young son, Braeden, was also gravely injured in the crash, and passed away on Sunday.

"It is with great sadness that I inform you all that not only did law enforcement lose WPD Officer Stacey Woodson, but his 9 year old son has also passed," Lieutenant Tim Myers said in a release, according to The Wichita Eagle. "Braeden Woodson died as a result of the injuries he suffered in the traffic accident."

The collision occurred just before 8:15 p.m., when 35-year-old James Dalrymple pulled out in front of Officer Woodson and Braeden, slamming into their motorcycle.

Kelly Edwards, a former nurse, said that when she came upon the scene, she found two nurses desperately trying to save the officer and his son before first responders arrived, KWCH reported.

"There were two ladies there with the gentlemen, one was doing compressions and the other one was standing there beside her,” Edwards said. “They looked at me and said, ‘We don't have a pulse,’ but they didn't stop – they continued.”

Dalrymple was not injured in the collision.

He was arrested on suspicion of involuntary manslaughter, driving under the influence, and suspicion of aggravated battery from a DUI causing great bodily harm.

Officer Woodson was a member of the departments motorcycle unit, The Wichita Eagle reported.

“He will be greatly missed by his family, friends, and WPD family,” Police Chief Gordon said. “Our thoughts and prayers continue for Stacy’s family, friends, and others affected by this tragedy.”

Officer Woodson had been married to his “best friend and wife” for over 15 years, and also has a daughter in middle school, according to a webpage set up to help organize meals for his family in the wake of the tragedy.

Our thoughts and prayers are with the family of Wichita Police Officer Stacy Woodson, both blood and blue. Thank you for your service.

Rest easy, hero. We’ll hold the line from here.

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LaneysSis
LaneysSis

How awful. May they Both Rest in Peace. deepest condolences to the family and fellow officers.

gfc1963
gfc1963

That drunk driver should be charged with murder. But he'll get a soft sentence. Same thing here in the UK, just had a driver kill two young boys and all he got was nine years!! And he had just been released from prison.

jdent-fitzpatrick
jdent-fitzpatrick

Thank for your service sir. Praying for the family.

Burgers Allday
Burgers Allday

Probably best to wait for the BAC to be announced before deciding whether this really was a drunk driver.

61mouse
61mouse

Who cares 2 innocent lives were lost

joaquinradioman
joaquinradioman

For the life of me I cannot understand why people still get behind the wheel drunk especially these days when the penalties are so severe!!! How devastating for the wife/mother who suffered two tragic loses...May God give her strength!

lannie24
lannie24

Such an awful thing a loss of two lives one a child ,Prayers of comfort to this family ♥

Resa
Resa

MAY YOU BOTH REST IN PEACE

jean6183
jean6183

RIP.. So sad !!

pixiepup
pixiepup

So very sad! RIP Officer Woodson and son Braeden. Prayers to family!

CloserFocus
CloserFocus

Unfortunately, the penalties are not harsh enough. Many times they are hand slaps. Rarely does the punishment fit the damages done by drunks. That’s why they continue to drink & drive. Most are multiple offenders. Still on the roads. Still drinking & doing their damages. Prayers to his family.

Burgers Allday
Burgers Allday

"Jail records show Dalrymple [the driver of the pickup] is no longer in the Sedgwick County Jail."

BLM-NZ
BLM-NZ

RIP Officer

Burgers Allday
Burgers Allday

The family of the man arrested on suspicion of DUI in the crash that killed a Wichita police officer and his 10-year-old son released a statement today.

The family of James Dalrymple released the following statement through their attorney.

“The Dalrymple family is deeply saddened by this tragic accident and our prayers are with the officer’s family. It’s also tragic that because there were old beer cans in the bed of a pick-up truck- the case gets reported as “killed by a drunk.

"James had just attended his son’s baseball game and there are plenty of witnesses present who can confirm that James was not drinking and was not under the influence of anything. This was a terrible, terrible accident at an intersection well known for its dangers and limited vision.

While we as a family are also suffering, we know it pales in comparison to the officer’s family. Foremost, we want to extend our deepest sympathies to them.“

Burgers Allday
Burgers Allday

Dalrymple has now been charged with two counts of involuntary manslaughter. No DUI charge, and the prosecutor will not comment as to whether they believe that alcohol was involved in this crash. No BAC numbers for Woodson or Dalymple yet.

Burgers Allday
Burgers Allday

they released an affidavit this week that says that Dalrymple was 0.104 -- over the limit. no word on Woodson's BAC yet.