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Deputy Sheriff B. W. Pearce | Jefferson County Sheriff's Office, Alabama Jefferson County Sheriff's Office, Alabama

Deputy Sheriff

B. W. Pearce

Jefferson County Sheriff's Office, Alabama

End of Watch: Sunday, July 15, 1894

Bio & Incident Details

Age: Not available

Tour: Not available

Badge # Not available

Cause: Gunfire

Weapon: Rifle; Winchester

Offender: Apprehended

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Deputy Sheriff B.W. Pearce was shot and killed as he and several other deputies attempted to stop striking miners from shooting non-union workers.

The striking miners, who were bitter over being replaced at their jobs, had hidden near a group of trees and waited until it was time for the miners to get off work for the day. As the miners exited the mine, the strikers shot at them, fatally wounding several.

When the deputies responded to the scene and attempted to arrest the strikers, the strikers opened fire. Deputy Pearce was shot in the chest and died almost instantly.

By the time the struggle was over, at least six people were dead and over fifty strikers were arrested. The two strikers deemed responsible for Deputy Pearce's death were charged with murder.

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Your heroism and service is honored today, the one hundred and sixteenth anniversary of your death. Your memory lives and you continue to inspire. Thank you for your service. My cherished son Larry Lasater was a fellow police officer who was murdered in the line of duty on April 24, 2005 while serving as a Pittsburg, CA police officer.

Time never diminishes respect. Your memory will always be honored and revered.

Rest In Peace.

Phyllis Loya

Phyllis Loya
mother of fallen officer Larry Lasater
July 15, 2010

 

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