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In Memoriam

In Memoriam

Since 1903 when the police department was officially born, 15 police officers have lost their lives in the line of duty. The first officer to die was the first Chief of Police James A. Mitchell who was killed in 1905.

On Christmas Day, 1905, Chief Mitchell arrested a local man for disorderly conduct behind a saloon on Central Avenue between Second and Third Streets. While escorting his prisoner to jail Mitchell was attacked, with a knife from behind, by a second man named John Thomas. The chief fell mortally wounded and the two suspects turned to flee. Officer Bill Murphy, who happened on the scene, saw what happened. He fired several shots at the suspects. One of these shots took off the tip of Thomas’s nose. Thomas was incarcerated in the city’s second floor jail.

When a crowd of citizens became impatient with the courts, they grew angry and demanded that the police turn Thomas over to them. When they were denied, the crowd became more agitated and began arming themselves. The four police officers were not able to cope with the dangerous crowd and soon the officers were overcome. The crowd brought ladders and several in the crowd climbed to the jail window with guns in hand and shot Thomas repeatedly.

 

   

Chief of Police
James A. Mitchell

End of Watch
December 25, 1905

Officer E.A. George
End of Watch
September 16, 1908

Officer Wayne Barry
End of Watch
May 23, 1929

Officer Eugene Minor
End of Watch
October 25, 1929

Patrolman Frank Pike
End of Watch
May 19, 1933

Officer James Thornton
End of Watch
October 16, 1937

Officer William Newberry
End of Watch
October 17, 1937

Officer James Goodson
End of Watch
December 25, 1947

Officer James Krupp
End of Watch
April 15, 1961

Officer Gene A. Bessette
End of Watch
November 10, 1961

Officer Charles L. Eustes
End of Watch
September 24, 1967

Detective Herbert Sullivan
End of Watch
August 18, 1980

K-9/TAC Officer Jeffrey Yaslowitz
End of Watch
January 24, 2011

Sergeant Thomas Baitinger
End of Watch
January 24, 2011

Officer David S. Crawford
End of Watch
February 21, 2011