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Fallen Officer Memorial

In 1962, President John F. Kennedy signed a proclamation which designated May 15th as Peace Officers Memorial Day and the week in which that date falls as Police Week. Currently, tens of thousands of law enforcement officers from around the world converge on Washington, D.C. to participate in a number of planned events which honor those that have paid the ultimate sacrifice.

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Laramie County Sheriff's Office

Adolph Cuny

On July 22, 1877, Adolph Cuny was deputized by Deputy Sheriff Charles Hays to assist in the apprehension of Clark Pelton and his gang for numerous stage coach robberies of the Cheyenne to Deadwood stage line.

Deputy Cuny and Hays apprehended Pelton. Deputy Hays continued after the remainder of the gang while Deputy Cuny began escorting the prisoner back to Laramie. Near Fort Laramie an accomplice of Pelton's murdered Deputy Cuny and helped him escape. In 1879, Sheriff Draper determined that Pelton was serving time in a Minnesota penitentiary and upon his release, the Sheriff arrested Pelton for the murder of Deputy Cuny.

1877

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Carbon County Sheriff's Office

H.H. Vinson

On August 19, 1878, Deputy Vinson was shot and killed in Big Canyon, on Rattlesnake Creek, near Elk Mountain by members of an outlaw gang that had attempted to rob a Union Pacific train. “Big Nose” George Parrott, a member of the gang, was caught nearly two years later. After being returned to Rawlins, Parrott attempted to escape from jail. He was apprehended and a group of Rawlins’ citizens lynched him on Front Street at the present location of the Union Pacific Depot.

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Carbon County Sheriff's Office

Robert Widdowfield

On August 19, 1878, Deputy Widdowfield was shot and killed in Big Canyon, on Rattlesnake Creek, near Elk Mountain by members of an outlaw gang that had attempted to rob a Union Pacific train. “Big Nose” George Parrott, a member of the gang was caught nearly two years later. After being returned to Rawlins, Parrott attempted to escape from jail. He was apprehended and a group of Rawlins’ citizens lynched him on Front Street at the present location of the Union Pacific Depot.

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Johnson County Sheriff's Office

Edward L. Lloyd

On June 29, 1886, Deputy Lloyd was shot and killed by Sam Brown. Deputy Lloyd was attempting to arrest Brown on a warrant for horse stealing when the shooting occurred.

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