Several Springfield Police Department officers lined the sidewalk and hallways of Field Elementary to support Morgan Walsh, daughter of fallen Officer Chris Walsh, on her first day of school.
Officer Walsh died in the line of duty after being shot while attempting to rescue a shooting victim at the Kum & Go at 2885 E. Chestnut Expressway on March 16. He served with the Springfield Police Department since 2016 and was assigned as a patrol officer after graduating with the 68th Academy. He was also an Army veteran, active in the U.S. Army Reserves for 10 years.
A Springfield native, Walsh graduated from Glendale High School before attending Ozark Technical Community College where he completed the EMT-B course. He was 32 years old and is survived by his wife and daughter.
“Chris died a hero, rushing in without regard to his own safety to protect members of his community. His courageous actions serve as an example to us all,” said Chief of Police Paul Williams.